Ferndale schools votes to support LGBT policy

Posted at 6:38 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 20:52:03-04

7 Action News told you earlier this year about an LGBT policy proposed by the State Board of Education. It has raised controversy.

The Ferndale Schools Board of Education tonight passed a resolution in support of the state board policy.

The policy aims to create an accepting school environment free of harassment. It calls on school staff to respect gender identity when referring to students, using their "chosen name".

It would allow students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. It says schools shouldn't force kids to use a locker room that doesn't match their gender identity. 

It suggests a private changing area be provided.

Some lawmakers are against the policy. They suggest transgender kids should need parental permission to change the name they use and should use the restroom of the gender on their birth certificate.

The state board of education is accepting pubic comment. You can find information on how to take part in public comment at