Florida school district guide suggests hiding transgender identity from parents: advocacy group


Florida's Broward County Public Schools district's support guide on LGBTQ+ youth appeared to suggest that parents can be kept at least somewhat in the dark on their child's transition, according to a Wednesday report from Parents Defending Education, which also accuses the district of promoting transgenderism to students.

A manual called the "Broward County Public Schools LGBTQ Critical Support Guide" stated in its policy for schoolchildren in 6th-12th grades that before notifying "any parent or guardian regarding the transition process, school staff should work closely with the student to assess the degree to which, if any, the parent(s) or guardian will be involved in the process and must carefully consider the health, well-being and safety of the transitioning student." The guide was created in 2020 under a different superintendent who resigned for unrelated reasons.

As recently as March, the current superintendent, Vickie Cartwright, told a local news station that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' Parental Rights in Education law, which critics dubbed the "Don't Say Gay Bill," would force transgender kids to be outed by teachers and administrators without a "very deliberate process and really taking into consideration whole pictures — case by case."

The guide also suggested that students might "wish" to consider transitioning in between grades or over the summer "to maintain privacy and confidentiality."

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