Have a read, America:
Surreal? Yes. True? Yes, unbelievably.
I’ll summarize the 11-page directive from the Department of Education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. None of the following is made up or exaggerated. Quotes are italicized.
“Attention, teachers and administrators of Massachusetts:
- Massachusetts Law says that LEGALLY a person’s gender is whatever a person insists it is.
- So…a pupil’s gender is whatever he or she (it?) says it is. To wit:
The responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student or, in the case of young students not yet able to advocate for themselves, with the parent. One’s gender identity is an innate, largely inflexible characteristic of each individual’s personality that is generally established by age four, although the age at which individuals come to understand and express their gender identity may vary based on each person’s social and familial social development. As a result, the person best situated to determine a student’s gender identity is that student himself or herself.
- You must agree to what the kid says. Arguing will get YOU in trouble UNLESS you think they are up to something, which you must determine through mind reading.
[T]he only circumstance in which a school may question a student’s asserted gender identity is where school personnel have a credible basis for believing that the student’s gender-related identity is being asserted for some improper purpose.
- If the boy insists that he is a girl, you must call him “SHE”. If you continue to call him “HE,” you are in the wrong and can be disciplined. If the boy insists upon being called by a girl’s name, you must do so, and change the records.
[W]hen requested, schools should accurately record the student’s chosen name on all records, whether or not the student, parent, or guardian provides the school with a court order formalizing a name change.
- If the child and parents want to keep the real gender of the child secret from most of the staff and students, it must be allowed.
- School records must not reflect biological sex, but “gender identity.”
For transgender students, however, a documented gender marker (for example, “male” or “female” on a permanent record) should reflect the student’s gender identity, not the student’s assigned sex.
- A child must be allowed to use whatever facilities corresponds to the gender it SAYS it is. YES, this includes bathrooms and locker rooms.
In all cases, the principal should be clear with the student (and parent) that the student may access the restroom, locker room, and changing facility that corresponds to the student’s gender identity.
- The discomfort of the normal kids is no reason to keep the girl who insists she is a boy out of the boys’ locker room. Ignore their protests.
Some students may feel uncomfortable with a transgender student using the same sex-segregated restroom, locker room or changing facility. This discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student. School administrators and counseling staff should work with students to address the discomfort and to foster understanding of gender identity, to create a school culture that respects and values all students.
- Students and teachers should be thoroughly thought-controlled whenever possible so that all of this seems normal.
In order to further a safe and supportive school environment for all students, schools should incorporate education and training about transgender and gender nonconforming students into their anti-bullying curriculum, student leadership trainings, and staff professional development.
As with other efforts to promote a positive school culture, it is important that student leaders and school personnel, particularly school administrators, become familiar with the gender identity law, regulations, guidance, and related resources, and that they communicate and model respect for the gender identity of all students.
That is all.”
This is Toiletnation.