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In New York City public schools, students can choose their classes, their sports, and their genders! Starting this fall, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is making the Big Apple an even bigger news story by radically changing the city's policy on registered names, dress codes, bathrooms, locker rooms, and athletics. He says this is his way of celebrating Pride month. But "proud" is the last word most parents would use to describe the news.
In this new Wild West of gender identity, Carranza is giving the green light to everything from unofficial name changes to unisex school uniforms. "Schools are safe havens for students to develop their passions and discover their true identities, and these new guidelines celebrate and affirm all students," Carranza insisted in a statement. For the first time, kids in the 2019-2020 school year will be able to "self-report names and genders" when enrolling in the city's public schools.
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"With this updated policy, which allows students to change their name and gender on school records without legal documentation, we are signaling our support for all students regardless of gender identity," City Council Speaker Corey Johnson cheered. Once the families submit their "name and gender change request form," every piece of school-related data -- including report cards, diplomas, and even official enrollment numbers -- will reflect this non-reality. Just imagine the nightmare this will be for colleges, as admissions officers try to reconcile transcripts with different names and sexes.
As if that weren't enough, "school dress codes must be... free of gender stereotypes and must be written, enforced, and applied equally to all students regardless of gender." The goal, officials say, is to help "ease the trauma that can be unintentionally inflicted on girls, trans, and gender-nonconforming youth, particularly youth of color, by the uneven application and enforcement of dress codes."
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