Advocates for LGBTQ equality around Maryland understand the unique challenges that LGBTQ students may face in schools due to discrimination and stigma, and recognize the necessity of a policy that addresses these problems beyond the generic language in state law prohibiting discrimination or bullying on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, so LGBTQ students have the same support as their peers all over the state. Given the absence of a state-wide solution, individual counties must step up to pass policies which support these students in their districts.
Given 2017’s victory in Frederick with Policy 443: Creating Welcoming and Affirming Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students and this year’s victory in M.A.B. v. Talbot County Schools, the time is currently ripe for administrators, educators, and advocates thinking about implementing policies that will ensure their own public school system is welcoming for LGBT students.
This guide seeks to give you, the advocates, what you need to have to pass an LGBTQ inclusive policy in your school district. That will be easier with support from us directly. If you haven’t already, reach out to FreeState about the campaign you’re starting. We can help with strategy and connecting you to the right people to get your campaign off the ground. Our Executive Director, Mark Procopio, can be reached at 410-625-5428 or by firstname.lastname@example.org.
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