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Board of education to vote on controversial LGBTQ bill

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Lynne Gold is a parent of two boys, in middle and high school.

“I would probably pull my kids out of school,” Gold said.

She said she's not OK with transgender students being able to choose which bathroom or locker room they want to use.

“I wouldn't want a boy walking into a girl’s bathroom or a girl walking into a boy’s,” Gold said

But potential new guidelines by the Michigan Department of Education is aiming to allow just that.

The goal of the proposal is to accommodate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

But it also allows students to choose their gender, name, and what bathroom or locker room they identify with – without input from the student's parents.

“The school does not have the right to take away my parental rights,” Gold said.

And Gold's eighth grade son Zack said he agrees.

He said the guidelines are too vague, and kids would use the rule not as it was intended.

“People going into other bathrooms and they shouldn't be seeing stuff,” Zack Gold said. “Like if there is a boy, and he hasn't learned what women have, it's not a good way to find out.”

But not everyone is opposed to this.

Some said it's important to make LGBTQQ students feel accepted

Rebecca Veal is a transgender activist in Genesee County.

“You throw them into a bathroom because of their biological sex, they're going to be bullied,” Veal said.

She said a measure like this is important for transgender student's identity, especially at such a young age.

“Now you're giving them the chance to mature as the gender they feel they are,” Veal said.

Gold said she has no problem with making LGBT students feel accepted, just worried this isn't the way to go about it.

“Bullying in schools needs to be addressed. But some of those things in there go too far and I don't think it will help bullying,” Gold said.

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