This after a freshman student who was born male but identifies as a female received permission to use the girls restrooms and locker room.
It prompted complaints from some parents like Michelle Kelty.
"My opinion is that boy parts should go into the boys restroom and girl parts should stay in the girls restroom," said Kelty. "It's just really that simple."
The issue is not that black and white according to Elizabeth Stith, thr executive director of the Louisville Youth Group, a social support group for LGBT teens.
"I think that people who see this as this is a boy going in the girls restroom are not really thinking about the kinds of issues that this young woman already had to deal with," said Stith. "I hope they will take a step back and try to understand that there is a lot more to this than waking up one day and deciding I'm a girl not a boy."
In an effort to respect the rights of everyone and the parents and students who had concerns, Dr. Aberli allowed the transgender student to use the women's restroom, but only one of the two in the building.
A letter went out to parents stating that currently, transgender students at Atherton High School may use the restroom and locker room of their identity with prior approval and parameters set by the school administration.
Right now there are no state laws providing fairness guidelines for transgender students. Recently, The Department of Education declared transgender students are protected under Title IX. Atherton's procedure follows that law.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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