Charlotte Students Will Choose Name & Gender

Charlotte-Mecklenberg schools (CMS) will allow students to choose their own name and gender when school starts back in August. CMS sent a message to all principals Monday to say that students will “be called by the name and pronoun they choose,” according to The Charlotte Observer. Further, the gender identity that students choose “will be honored in restrooms, locker rooms, yearbooks, and graduation ceremonies,” according to a recent regulation released Monday.

CMS has been working on the regulation for year, Superintendent Ann Clark said, but “the political furor over North Carolina’s House Bill 2 left principals confused and wary.” She went on to say that this move is “to allow all students to be safe and comfortable as they pursue an education, and “this is about courage, understanding, and compassion.”

Clark said that official transcripts must contain the name and gender on students’ birth certificate, however schools “will be expected to create class rosters that use the student’s preferred identity.” According to Clark, CMS has been dealing with transgender students “on a case-by-case basis, starting in elementary schools and running through high school graduations, where there have been cases of the graduate wanting one name and gender used on the diploma and the parents wanting another.” However, if students are 18, “the student’s choice will be honored next year.”

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Charlotte Trans Students Will Choose Bathroom/Locker Room When School Starts

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools (CMS) will allow transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice beginning in August, according to CMS Principal in Residence Ivy Gill announced Monday that when school starts back students will be trained on “how to deal with differences at school,” which will include “special accommodations for transgender students” like access to restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

Ms. Gill said, “If there is a request for increased privacy in the restroom or locker room, we will provide a private or screened off area in a locker room, a separate changing facility schedule, or use of a nearby private area such as a staff office or single restroom or shower.” She went on to say that this also includes access to staff restrooms.

CMS attorneys insist that they are “simply following the law.” Attorney George Battle said, “This isn’t CMS taking a stand against HB 2. This isn’t us flouting our legislature. This is CMS following the law as it states.”

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