Oregon public schools will be required to let students use whichever bathroom and locker room they feel matches their gender identity, according to new state guidelines. Transgender students will also be allowed to play on opposite-sex intramural sports teams, according to the guide issued by the state’s education department.
“There is no need for the student to prove their new gender,” says the 15-page document, titled “Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment for Transgender Students.” “The student’s declaration of their gender is acceptable.” Oregon joins a handful of other states in recommending how schools should handle transgender students. So far, there are no legal penalties if schools don’t comply. READ MORE