Schools Ordered to Let Trans Students Use Locker Rooms of Opposite Sex
Oregon public schools will be required to let students use whichever bathroom and locker room they feel matches their gender identity, according to new state guidelines.
Transgender students will also be allowed to play on opposite-sex intramural sports teams, according to the guide issued by the state's education department.
“There is no need for the student to prove their new gender," says the 15-page document, titled "Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment for Transgender Students." "The student’s declaration of their gender is acceptable."
Oregon joins a handful of other states in recommending how schools should handle transgender students. So far, there are no legal penalties if schools don't comply.
The Parents’ Rights in Education group came out against the guidelines, saying, "There are no legal grounds to require school districts to open up their bathrooms and changing rooms to members of the opposite biological sex.”
Meanwhile, the LGBT-rights group Basic Rights Oregon called the new standards a “wonderful first step” for the state in improving transgender rights in school.
Last week, Chicago announced a similar new transgender-friendly policy for its public schools.
Watch Bill O'Reilly break down the legality of it all with Legal Analyst Lis Wiehl and Co-Host of The Five, Kimberly Guilfoyle below.