UPDATE – Tuesday – March 1, 2011
Great News! The Broward County School Board just voted to add “gender identity and expression” to the district’s non-discrimination policy.
Today’s expansion of the non-discrimination policy means that students, faculty and all school district employees will be protected from any form of gender-based discrimination.
With 256,000 students, Broward is now the largest school district in Florida to add “gender identity and expression” to its non-discrimination protections.
For over a year, Equality Florida has been part of a Broward-based coalition effort, led by Michael Emanuel Rajner, member of the Broward County Schools Diversity Committee, to expand gender identity and expression protections. Broward County School Board member Jennifer Gottlieb provided leadership on the board to shepherd in the new policy.
Broward has a long history of protecting LGBT students and was one of the first schools in the state to add gender identity and expression to its anti-bullying policy. In fact, Broward’s anti-bullying policy served as the sample policy for districts across the state when the anti-bullying law passed in 2008.