Gender identity again a topic during EVSC board meeting

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Gender identity and the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation’s non-discrimination policy were again topics at the school board meeting Monday night.

The school system faces litigation regarding its bathroom policy for transgender students.

A transgender high school student filed a lawsuit in February against the EVSC alleging the school won’t let him use the men’s restroom. The student was born a female but has openly identified as male since he was 12.

The student says he is required to use the restroom in the school nurse’s office and the nurse is often not available to give him access. 

On Monday night, the board heard public comment including statements from another Tri-State teen who is transgender.

“It’s a common thing among most of transgender youth to not feel safe in school or do not finish school at all,” said Skylar Julian. “And I think it’s time that we make amends for this and set these students up for success and not for failure.”

EVSC declined to comment citing its policy to not discuss pending litigation. The case is scheduled for a hearing July 20.

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(This story was originally published June 25, 2018)

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