Michigan board approves LGBT guidance to schools - WNEM TV 5

Michigan board approves LGBT guidance to schools

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LANSING, MI (WNEM/AP) -

Michigan's education board has approved guidance to schools on creating an inclusive environment for LGBT students.

The guidelines are voluntary but have spurred criticism from conservative lawmakers, particularly over restroom and bathroom policies for transgender students.

The Democratic-controlled State Board of Education passed the guidance 6-2 Wednesday, after receiving passionate public testimony from people in support and against.

Recommendations to schools include making good faith efforts to address students by their chosen name and pronoun when asked. The guidance also urges schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

Education officials say the draft guidance was amended to encourage local school districts to engage their communities in the development of their own policies and to urge greater consideration for parental involvement. Critics say the revisions are meaningless.

Sara Griffin and Annie Anglim are the proud parents of a transgender teenager. A teenager they have fought for and educated their family, friends and school to respect by calling him by the proper pronounces and names.

The family said the guidelines will provide a reference for school staff that have never worked with a transgender student.

"I feel better about it because it's going to impact many, many students. Not just my child and that's gonna be better all the way across the board," Anglim said.

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