Florida school district guide suggests hiding transgender identity from parents: advocacy group

A manual called theBroward County Public Schools LGBTQ Critical Support Guidestated in its policy for schoolchildren in 6th-12th grades that before notifyingany parent or guardian regarding the transition process, school staff should work closely with the student to assess the degree to which, 如果有的话, the parent(s) or guardian will be involved in the process and must carefully consider the health, well-being and safety of the transitioning student.The guide was created in 2020 under a different superintendent who resigned for unrelated reasons.

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As recently as March, the current superintendent, Vickie Cartwright, told a local news station that Florida Gov. 罗恩·迪桑蒂斯’ Parental Rights in Education law, 哪一个 critics dubbed theDon’t Say Gay Bill,” would force transgender kids to be outed by teachers and administrators without avery deliberate process and really taking into consideration whole pictures — case by case.

佛罗里达州政府. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of a legislative session, 一月. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, 弗拉.

佛罗里达州政府. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of a legislative session, 一月. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, 弗拉. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The guide also suggested that students might “希望” to consider transitioning in between grades or over the summerto maintain privacy and confidentiality.

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Fox News Digital reached out to the superintendent and Broward County Schools for comment but did not receive a response.

We know that there is a social system that constructs gender according to discrete and opposite categories – male and female. 然而, this gender binary is being challenged,” the guide said. “The expression of transgender identity, or any other form of gender-expansive behavior, is a healthy, appropriate and typical aspect of human development.

Parents Defending Education’s director of outreach, Erika Sanzi, released a statement which said, “Broward County school officials must not be aware that gender dysphoria is listed in the DSM-5 since they have declared in an official and public document that the expression of transgender identity is healthy, appropriate and typical. Add to that their recommendation that children transition over the summer and their promise to deceive parents, and their position is indefensible and flies in the face of the promise to do no harm.

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IStock image of school lockers (iStock)

The guide further claimed that around 2 和 4 岁 “transgender children often express their cross-gender identification to their family members or caregivers.

“然而, not all youth who identify as transgender begin the process at an early age; 对于一些, gender identity is a slower, more nuanced process for a variety of personal, 社会的, developmental and societal reasons. Creating a more welcoming environment for students’ gender diversity is a more effective and lasting strategy.

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