What is your school transgender policy? Does it even have a transgender policy? If not, maybe it’s time for parents to insist one is developed.

Pittsburgh Brashear High School has recently implemented a transgender policy that could serve as a model for schools across Pittsburgh, and across the country.

“Even if it’s just one kid, you have to have a policy to make sure that kid’s rights are respected and that kid is safe in school,” said Mr. Browne, a teacher at Pittsburgh Brashear High School and an adviser for the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Brashear’s policies address restrooms, the gym and other everyday situations that could lead to tension for transgender students. Transgender students may choose the name they put on their ID and the gender pronouns that their teachers and peers use to refer to them. Locker rooms are treated the same as bathrooms. In the spring, Brashear’s prom dress code was not gender specific, setting out guidelines for suits and dresses, rather than male and female dress.

Brashear’s policy came about because of action from the students, parents, and teachers.

“So much of this is driven by our kids,” said Mr. Browne in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “There are people — teachers, adults, parents — who are strengthening these kids. Publicly they’re showing that they care.

So how can you help implement a transgender policy at your child’s school? The first step is to talk to teachers and administrators. Check out this guide for teachers supporting transgender students. Each of your teachers should have a copy of this to start the conversation.

What is your school’s transgender policy? Leave us a comment below, and check out the resources and support group pages.