Transgender students may have to register with the school in order to use restrooms that reflect their gender identity.
Guam – Guam Education Board and Guam Department of Education officials met with principals from secondary schools to find out how the various schools have accommodated transgender students and with the new guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. DOE how the schools should move forward with policies to ensure that transgender students are not discriminated against. Some voiced their concerns regarding liability and how to address parents.
Astumbo Middle School Principal Kathryn San Nicolas says, “My worry…is that they’re still minors. How do we address parents? Imagine it’s a girls locker room, I have a transgender female come in, they’re all changing, genitals exposed. I have a sixth grade girl whose parents have not discussed these things and they see that. They go home and tell their parents and their parents come and they’re irate. We did have one incident where we had one child who really identified with the female gender. He was going to the female restroom. At that time, we went with anatomy so we asked him to please use the male restroom and he complied.”
Administrators say that for the most part, from their observation, students are accepting of transgender students.
FBLG Middle School Principal Robert Martinez says, “For the most part, they are comfortable, their peers are comfortable with their choice of gender that they choose. For the most part, there is only a very small percentage that get teased but for the most part, a lot of our students are acceptable to them from my observation when I see our students.”
Administrators from the various schools took a look at what policies and emerging practices some schools in the nation are already implementing and are taking some into consideration. Some of the examples include: