School districts are often called upon to adapt school policies in response to changing student populations, and transgender students appear to be an emerging student population. Schools should adopt nondiscriminatory and inclusive dress code policies to accommodate transgender students. Recently, awareness and advocacy on behalf of children who can be classified as transgender have increased. Unfortunately, despite this increase in awareness and advocacy, transgender students continue to face unique obstacles in the school environment, including bullying, as a result of being transgender. Because the primary means through which transgender students express their identified genders is through their dress, schools should take affirmative steps to accommodate transgender students through their dress code policies.
Holly V. Franson,
The Rise of the Transgender Child: Overcoming Societal Stigma, Institutional Discrimination, and Individual Bias to Enact and Enforce Nondiscriminatory Dress Code Policies,
U. Colo. L. Rev.
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