Way to go, New York! City officials earlier today issued new guidelines to its schools’ staff that gives a big middle finger to the Trump administration regarding trans legitimacy.
It was only last week that Trump revoked all federal protections for trans students nationwide, reversing the accomplishments of President Obama. That executive order had little effect on New York City schools, though, which years ago indicated special protections for trans students.
Today’s directive — found in an Education Department memo — requires school staff to refer to transgender students by their preferred pronouns. According to New York Daily News, the new rules contained in the memo expand a single page of protections the department first published in 2014 to 10 pages.
“It is important to note that for students who are gender-nonconforming or who do not prescribe to the gender binary, they may prefer gender-neutral pronouns such as ‘they,’ ‘ze’ or other pronouns,” says the memo.
The directive also includes info about how to protect trans and gender-nonconforming students from bullying at school.
“It’s important for school staff, students and parents to be aware that transgender and gender-nonconforming students may be at a higher risk for peer ostracism, victimization and bullying because of bias and/or the possibility of misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about their lives,” it says.