Gender Diversity Policy public discussion continues for Clark County School District

Packed room for public meeting on gender diversity policy for Clark County School District. (Christy Wilcox | KSNV)

People lined up to talk about gender diversity in Clark County Schools. The public shared their feelings at a meeting on Tuesday at Eldorado High School on the possibility of a new Gender Diversity Policy.

Over the summer, a working group of parents, staff, and other community members sought out information across the United States on whether or not a policy might be useful in Clark County schools. A majority of the group decided, "If a heterosexual person can express themselves and live their life as they choose, why can't a transgender?"

Each person shared their thoughts on topics they think should be addressed in a gender diversity policy. One man said: “Explain to me how it's okay for a biological boy to share the same locker room or toilet as my daughter. Where are her rights? What happens to her privacy?”

A working group is tasked with listening to folks then handing over recommendations to the school board of trustees. Kirsten Searer is the moderator and a spokesperson for CCSD. Searer said over the summer, a group of about 40 staff, and community members researched and sought out information about other gender diverse policy’s across the nation. She said the majority of folks on the working group agreed, this topic needed to be discussed and recommendations needed to be sent to the board of trustees.

Topics like bathroom accessibility, dress codes, and whether to address a student by the he-she pronoun they prefer are all part of the discussion. Sans Ammons is a transgender student. He said it will help students who struggle to know where they fit in and prevent awkward situations like deciding which restroom is safe to use.

"I feel that passing this law and passing protections over transgender individuals will definitely help," said Ammons.

But the debate is far from finished, the next two public sessions happen at Silverado High School and Cimarron-Memorial High School. A spokesperson for CCSD said a decision from the school board trustees will come next year after reviewing the recommended information that comes from the working group.

One man speaking said the guidelines proposed to accommodate gender diverse students, but disregard some of those most basic rights of human privacy. In all, he wants to make sure everyone feels respected.

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