John M. Becker

New Jersey School Reverses Course on Trans Teen

Filed By John M. Becker | August 19, 2014 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: accommodations, bathroom issue, equal access, middle school, misgendering, New Jersey, trans students

rachel-pepe-new-jersey.jpgThorne Middle School -- the New Jersey school that allegedly told Rachel Pepe, a transgender girl, that she couldn't return to school unless she presented as male -- has reversed course, will allow Pepe to attend as herself, and will work with LGBT groups to ensure a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students, regardless of gender identity.

Garden State Equality reports:

GSE Executive Director Andrea Bowen just spoke with Middletown Township Public Schools Superintendent William O. George III, Ed. D. The two agreed that GSE will take the lead in training administration and staff members of Middletown Township Public Schools in LGBT sensitivity. GSE will work with partners Lambda Legal and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Central New Jersey chapter.

"We applaud Superintendent George for taking the right steps to affirm the health and safety of students," says Bowen. "This is a victory for transgender students everywhere. This Middletown student and students like her are heroes for standing up for their needs. We're excited that the community came together in dialogue to bring this situation to a happy resolution."

Kudos to Rachel Pepe and her mom, Angela Peters, for standing strong in the face of discrimination.

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