Ky. school okays transgender non-discrimination policy

Friday, May 16, 2014

Before a divided crowd of several hundred students, parents and advocates, a Louisville high school's site-based council Thursday gave initial approval to a non-discrimination policy sparked by a controversy over a transgender student's access to a girls' bathroom.

The Atherton High School policy, which still must receive a second reading, bars discrimination based on a range of factors, including age, race or sexual orientation — but goes a step beyond a similar districtwide policy by also including gender identity.

It didn't explicitly endorse principal Thomas Aberli's recent decision to allow a student who was born male but identifies as female to use one of the girls' bathrooms and locker rooms, a move that prompted complaints from some parents and students.

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