New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that requires the commissioner of education to develop guidelines regarding transgender students, including allowing them to use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, rather than biological gender. Under the legislation, S3067/A4652, the guidelines would also require teachers to use the name and pronoun that correspond to the student’s gender identity, allow transgender students to dress according to their gender identity, and participate in their preferred gender-segregated school activities.

The guidelines “are intended to provide direction for schools in addressing common issues concerning the needs of transgender students, and to assist schools in establishing policies and procedures that ensure a supportive and nondiscriminatory environment for transgender students.” “These guidelines are needed to ensure that transgender students can safely be themselves without fear of being persecuted and can help promote a culture of understanding and acceptance  READ MORE