CCSD moves forward with creating gender diversity policy

    People wait for a meeting of the Clark County School District trustees on Thursday, March 22, 2018. (Christy Wilcox | KSNV)

    UPDATE: In a 4-to-3 vote, the Clark County School Board voted to move forward on developing gender diversity policies.

    Thursday's meeting lasted hours as people spoke for and against the policy during individual statements.

    The next step will be for the superintendent and staff to start a policy draft before it comes back to the trustees for further discussion.

    There is no timeframe yet for when that draft would be completed.

    ORIGINAL: The Clark County School District Board of Trustees will meet Thursday night to discuss gender diversity policies.

    The issue has been so controversial and emotional, the meeting was moved to the Clark County Government Center to make room for everyone who wants to attend.

    Before the meeting, News 3 heard from one of the youngest members of the trans community. He’s using his personal struggles to try and bring change to CCSD.

    17-year-old Daniel Kruger started transitioning to a boy four years ago.

    "I never liked my first name. I was always trying to go by different feminine names and I didn’t like any of those either,” said Daniel Kruger.

    "I was always telling people to call me this, call me that. Don’t call me that name,” he continued.

    The transition led to lost friendships and relentless bullying.

    "I had to fight a lot to go to schools where I felt comfortable and like, just be comfortable, even in my classes,” said Kruger.

    But with all the awkward adjustments, a delicate one is what bathroom he should use.

    "There’s so many evading questions. I got that from my principal. How are you going to use the men’s bathroom? I’m like, I’m just gonna use it!” said Kruger.

    Where Kruger and other transgender students use the bathroom is driving a heated debate in the school district.

    "They should be able to make their own choice, based on their own comfort,” explained Kruger.

    Blue Montana is the transgender program manager at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada.

    “No child should be in an environment, especially school where there are unclear guidelines about how everyone else can treat them. They’re human beings. They deserve dignity,” said Blue Montana.

    Montana says trans kids want to do all the same things other kids do.

    “They want to learn and they don’t want to be hassled. They don't want to be bullied and they don’t want to be picked on,” he said.

    Montana’s biggest fear is that CCSD will not come up with policies to address the concerns of transgender students.

    "It will end up in a lawsuit and it will end up in tragedy. There’s a 41 percent suicide rate in the trans community,” he continued.

    But some parents say, not so fast. They believe it should be left up to the state, and not CCSD.

    "Wait for guidance from the state to move forward. Then get some of these groups together to talk about how we can give principals guidance and give all kids privacy,” said local parent Erin Phillips.

    As for Kruger, he just wants to transition in peace and go where he feels comfortable as a boy.

    “I'm just so excited for the day I can sit down and not worry about anything anymore,” said Kruger.

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