A (anatomical) boy in the girl’s restroom

A boy who identifies as a girl has the right to use the girls’ restroom and play on girls’ sports teams, the Massachusetts Department of Education has told schools. Transgender girls have the right to use boys’ restrooms and play on boys’ teams.

The guidance said some students may feel uncomfortable sharing those facilities with a transgender student but this ‘‘discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.’’

Students who “consistently and intentionally refuse to refer to a transgendered student by the name or sex” they choose should face discipline for bullying, the guidance advised.

Maine rights panel backs down

Once eager to ban “biology-based” school restrooms, locker rooms and sports teams, the Maine Human Rights Commission has shelved guidelines that covered everything from preschool to college, reports Fox News.  The panel canceled a public hearing on how schools should accommodate transgender students and postponed indefinitely work on a “Sexual Orientation in Schools and Colleges” brochure.

Maine rights panel bans biology

“Biology-based restrooms, locker rooms and sports teams discriminate against transgendered students, says the Maine Human Rights Commission.

. . . Last year, the commission ruled that, under the Maine Human Rights Act, a school had discriminated against a 12-year-old transgender boy by denying him access to the girls’ bathroom.

The transgendered boy’s parents sued after the school told him to use the single-stall faculty restroom, rather than the girls’ room.

The  commission will issue guidelines for schools from preschools to universities, including “some private schools,” Fox reported.

A transgendered boy might feel uncomfortable in a boys’ bathroom or locker room. Wouldn’t a whole lot of girls feel uncomfortable encountering him in a girls’ restroom or locker room?

Coaches are worried about the effect on women’s sports if males can compete on women’s teams.