The Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has issued orders to the state's K-12 public schools requiring them to permit "transgender" boys and girls to use the opposite sex's locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities as long as they claim to identify with that gender.
Described as "the most thorough, invasive, and radical transgender initiative ever seen on a statewide level," the eleven page document was crafted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) with the assistance of homosexual and transgender advocacy groups, while leaving many parents and pro-family groups out in the cold.
This policy places an even greater burden on less-equipped elementary schools in Massachusetts small towns where it may be possible for boys as old as 14 to share toilet facilities with girls as young as five.
Astonishingly, neither a doctor's note nor parental permission is required for a student to use the facilities of the opposite sex. Only the student's word is needed:
If a boy says he's a girl, as far as the schools are concerned, he's a girl.
"A school should accept a student's assertion of his or her gender identity when there is ... evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity," said a spokesperson for the Massachusetts DESE.
Perhaps the most alarming piece of the policy is the lack of protection given to straight students.
[Read the rest of this article at The Black Sphere.]