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Consistent with our mission to provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood, the California Department of Education issues the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in an effort to (a) foster an educational environment that is safe and free from discrimination for all students, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, and (b) assist school districts with understanding and implementing policy changes related to AB 1266 and transgender student privacy, facility use, and participation in school athletic competitions.

These FAQs are provided to promote the goals of reducing the stigmatization of and improving the educational integration of transgender and gender nonconforming students, maintaining the privacy of all students, and supporting healthy communication between educators, students, and parents to further the successful educational development and well-being of every student.


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In growing numbers, transgender and gender non-conforming students are coming forth in schools. Transgender students are children whose assigned birth sex does not match their internalized sense of who they are as either a boy or a girl, that is, their gender identity. For example, a transgender girl is one who was assigned the sex of male at birth but has a clear and persistent female gender identity. A transgender boy is one who was assigned the sex of female at birth but has a clear and persistent male gender identity. For most of these children, having a persistent cross-gender identification can be interruptive of their healthy emotional and psychosocial development unless and until they receive support for expressing their gender identity and receive recognition for that gender identity. Gender non-conforming students are those whose gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior do not in some way meet the stereotypically expected norms for a student of that assigned sex at birth. It includes transgender students who live their lives consistent with their gender identity rather than their assigned birth sex. It also includes masculine appearing or acting female students as well as feminine appearing or acting male students. The law requires that all of these students be guaranteed an equal educational opportunity.

There is evidence that a school’s failure to recognize and support a child’s gender identity or expression can result in significant harm to the child. That harm has been the basis of several successful and pending lawsuits against schools and school districts across the country.5 This document describes the ways in which schools can provide a safe, supportive and nondiscriminatory learning environment for transgender and gender non-conforming students. These youth, because of widespread misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about their lives, are at higher risk for peer ostracism, victimization, and bullying in the school environment, in addition to the psychological harm they may suffer in an environment that rejects them for their gender identity. At the same time, many school administrators may not know best practices for ensuring these young people’s safe and dignified integration into school systems. These realities create a higher potential for the development of maladaptive behaviors along with diminished self-esteem, confidence and self-worth for transgender and gender non-conforming youth who are in school environments without systems in place to provide them appropriate support.

Ensuring a safe, nurturing and equal educational environment for these children and youth involves a system-based approach. It is imperative that the school system, along with family and education professionals, be supportive role models and strong advocates for the safety and well-being of such children including ensuring full respect for the expression of the student’s gender identity.


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