Friday, April 25, 2014

Vancouver schools make LGBTQ policy

Vancouver School Board is developing a policy on how to work with transgender students — dealing with things such as use of washrooms, sex-segregated activities — with a vote planned May 20.

The draft policy outlined by associate superintendent Maureen Ciarniello aims to prevent bullying, ensure homophobic and trans-phobic complaints are dealt with, to protect those to identify themselves as LGBTQ, and to eliminate any barriers for the demographic.

Among the recommendations are that each elementary and secondary school have at least one person to be a contact for LGBTQ students, staff and their families.

All high schools should also have their own queer alliance clubs.