Al­berta brings in school guide­lines for LGBTQ stu­dents

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

ED­MON­TON — Al­berta’s education min­is­ter has in­tro­duced guide­lines for school boards to fol­low re­gard­ing LGBTQ stu­dents, in­clud­ing what they can wear, what sports they can play and which wash­rooms they can use. “To­gether we ought to be able to spur so­cial change in a pos­i­tive man­ner and build greater un­der­stand­ing and ac­cep­tance for all peo­ple,”David Eggen told a leg­is­la­ture news con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day. Eggen said the guide­lines fol­low up on a govern­ment prom­ise made in Novem­ber to help the prov­ince’s 61 school boards as they draft poli­cies to keep LGBTQ stu­dents wel­come and safe. The drafts must be sub­mit­ted to the prov­ince for re­view by the end of March. The guide­lines ad­dress a range of is­sues, but spec­ify that trans­gen­der stu­dents be al­lowed to use the wash­room of their choice, de­pend­ing on their gen­der or on whether they per­ceive them­selves to be a girl or a boy. The guide­lines also state that trans­gen­der stu­dents be al­lowed to dress based on that same prin­ci­ple and play on sports teams they feel align with their sex­u­al­ity. Stu­dents should be ad­dressed by the name and pro­noun that makes them com­fort­able.

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