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Cincinnati Public Schools board wants inclusive transgender bathroom policy

Posted at 7:16 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 20:39:42-05

The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education met Friday to discuss a slate of proposed gender-inclusive bathroom policies for the district.

Transgender and non-binary students are already allowed to use the bathrooms of their choice in Cincinnati Public Schools, but no formal policy exists entrenching that freedom in the district’s rules. Board member Ryan Messer would like to put one in place.

“I think it just formalizes what we’re already doing, puts our stake in the ground that this is the way we’re going to roll,” he said. “You come in our door and we’re going to treat you exactly who you are, and it will be no different than anybody else.”

Members of the board’s policy committee also discussed gender-neutral bathrooms, which they hope could be included in the plans for all future CPS buildings.

No decisions were made Friday. Messer said the district’s general counsel would need to review its existing bathroom policies before formal proposals could enter the discussion.