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Conservatives outraged that schools will call trans students by their names


The state of North Carolina took a step to respect transgender youth, and conservatives in the state are apoplectic.

Last week, the Department of Public Instruction announced that report cards in the state will use a student’s chosen name instead of the name that appears on their legal documents as a way to be more inclusive of transgender students.

They said they would update their PowerSchool student information system to display only a student’s preferred name on report cards and student records, which could reduce the risk of the student being outed. Their legal name will only appear on official state student transcripts.

LGBTQ advocates haled the change in the state that made headlines just five years ago with its H.B. 2, the law that banned trans students from using the correct restrooms.

“It really protects the privacy of transgender students and respects their identity,” Campaign for Southern Equality’s Craig White told the News & Observer . “It respects who they are rather than misgendering or misidentifying them.”

Even though the change doesn’t affect them in any discernable way, Christian conservatives lost it.“It’s not up to the public school system to change a student’s name or his or her gender identity,” Jim Quick of […]

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