The board already has a policy that calls for equal educational and extracurricular opportunities for students “without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation ancestry, age, religious beliefs, physical or mental disability, gender identity, status of being as homeless, immigration status, order of protection status, or actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.”
The board agreed to review Banks’ proposal, “The DPS 61 Pride Project,” which includes recommendations and rules covering dress codes, extra-curricular activities, student transitions, student privacy, and staff training. It also has recommendations for the creation of gay-straight student alliance groups.
As a young person, Banks "felt that my soul was placed into the wrong body. When trans people are young, we often have a hard time finding the necessary language to explain this to our parents. Especially those of us who were punished for displaying any characteristics of non-normative gender expression and/or sexual orientation.”
A visit to a high school with a Gay-Straight Alliance group for its students prompted Banks to act, she said. In talking to the students, she realized that the LGBTQ students were still facing both passive and active bullying tactics.
August 2, 2020 at 11:53AM