UPDATE: The Fairfax County Public Schools School Board voted Thursday night to add “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy in spite of massive opposition from parents and the area’s religious community. Police were summoned to control a standing-room-only crowd as board members approved the controversial measure. Critics argued it would allow boys who identify as girls to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice—and vice versa. Parents also had concerns about the possibility of transgender teachers.
School Board Chair Tamara Derenak Kaufax issued a statement calling the measure a way to “provide an environment which promotes equality where every student and employee is treated with dignity and respect.” “The School Board has taken this proactive step to protect our students and staff from discrimination,” she wrote.The district said they were mandated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to add “gender identity” to the policy—or else risk losing federal funding. MORE