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Mass. Education Dept Issues Rules on Transgender Pupils

EducationBOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts education department has issued directives on how schools should treat transgender students, including allowing them to use the bathroom of whatever sex they identify as.

The guidance by the department was issued Friday to help schools follow the requirements of the state’s 2011 anti-discrimination law protecting transgender people.

The directive also said schools should allow students to participate on the sports teams of whatever sex they identify as.

Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute said the department is protecting transgender students at the expense of the safety and privacy of other students.

Gunner Scott of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition said the guidance is welcomed by transgender students and their parents, who often worry if their children will be safe at school.

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