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Gender Diverse Student Advocacy

NASD works directly with the local school district and charters to ensure that gender diverse students who are transitioning in school are treated with respect, and that the school is complying with local and state laws that protect gender diverse and transgender students. We ensure that students have access to facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms, as well as access to sex-segregated classes such as PE and choir that are in line with their gender identity. We can also ensure that student’s chosen name and gender marker are updated in the school’s system regardless of whether it has been changed legally.

School Support Services

We provide professional development and policy development, as well as gender diversity training to schools for administrators, teachers, and support staff to educate them on terminology, the law, and best practices for supporting gender diverse youth.

Gender Diversity

NASD is the only organization in Nevada providing a comprehensive wrap-around program for families supporting gender diverse children through the journey to become their authentic selves.

Gender Diverse Youth and Parent Support Groups

Saturdays 1:00-3:00 

We offer weekly in-person therapeutic support groups, one group for gender diverse youth, and a separate group for  parents and family members.

Week 1- Ages 13+
Week 2 -Under 12
Week 3 - Ages 13+
Week 4 - All ages & parents together

There will be a concurrent parent group on weeks 1-3

See our calendar here for group schedule.

***CONTACT US AT (702) 776-8812

OR  info@allianceforstudentdiversity.org

TO REGISTER BEFORE ATTENDING GROUP.***

Gender Diverse Patient Advocacy

We provide Information on medical options, referrals to trusted local providers, and patient advocacy.  Our Adolescent Transgender Healthcare Committee is working to increase options and access to competent and safe care for gender diverse youth in our community by building relationships with local adolescent healthcare providers and connecting them with specialists who provide training on protocols and best practices for treating gender diverse youth.

**For questions or to request gender diverse student advocate support, please contact NASD at (702) 776-8812 or email us at info@allianceforstudentdiversity.org

Information regarding existing laws and policies that protect gender-diverse students in Clark County School district:

State law and CCSD policy states that with a written request from a parent:

 

1. The school will update infinite campus with the student’s chosen name and chosen gender marker. (This is a change to UNOFFICIAL records, so this can be done WITHOUT a legal name change, and can be reversed or changed at any time.) This change will update the student’s name and gender marker on all class roll sheets. Teachers and students will not be able to see the student’s birth name or gender. Updating Infinite Campus will also update the student’s Google Classroom login to reflect the student’s chosen name, and students may update any other online distance learning logins to mirror what shows in Infinite Campus.

2. The student will have access to the PE class that they feel most comfortable with. If the student does not feel comfortable in either PE class, we can find alternatives such as an online PE course.

3. The student will have access to the restroom and locker room in which they feel most comfortable and safe. Students cannot be denied access to facilities that are in line with their gender identity.

4. Students have a right to attend overnight field trips and gender diverse students can choose to be assigned to a hotel room based on their gender identity. Teachers and administrators cannot disclose a student’s gender identity, birth name, or sex assigned at birth to any students or their parents, and any disclosure of such information would be a violation of FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).

*Students in charter schools also have protections under state law, regardless of whether the school has implemented their own gender diversity policy.  

 

If you are a student or parent of a student who is transitioning in school, Nevada Alliance for Student Diversity can help guide your family through the process. Our experienced student advocates have supported hundreds of gender diverse students through their transitions in school. We can prepare your family to meet with the school, or we can accompany you as your advocate to ensure that they are following all state and local policies. Contact Laura at lhernandez@allianceforstudentdiversity.org with any questions.

*NASD is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All services/support are provided at no cost.

NV Timeline of events 

May 2016 - The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, under the Obama Administration, issued guidance to public school districts across the country clarifying that Title IX, a federal law banning sex discrimination in education programs and activities, protects students who are transgender. The guidance issued by the Obama Administration did not make new law, it simply spelled out how federal law already protects transgender students from discrimination, bullying and harassment in school.

February 2017 - The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education under President Trump withdrew the Obama guidance. The withdrawal of the guidance created unnecessary confusion and sent a message that it is okay to discriminate against transgender students.

June 2017 - NV Governor Sandoval signs SB225 into law. SB225 requires for all school districts or public schools to adopt a policy that contains requirements and methods for addressing the rights and needs of students with diverse gender identities or expressions on an individualized basis.

June 2017 - CCSD Trustee Carolyn Edwards made a motion to create the Gender-Diverse Working Group – GDWG, a team made up of 40 teachers, administrators, student advocates, clergy, and community members.

October 2017 - The GDWG team met for 13 hours over 8 meetings and came up with 20 categories that they agreed should be included in a policy- these were the “recommendations” of the group.

December 2017 - CCSD held 5 public input meetings in to review the recommendations. These meetings were held in high school auditoriums to accommodate overflow crowds of community members both in support of and in opposition to implementing policy. CCSD also posted an online survey for the public to give feedback.

January 2018 - The results of the survey and the public comment sessions were presented to the trustees at a special board meeting. The board did not vote because Trustee Cavazos was not present.

February 2018 - The Gender-diverse policy was put onto the agenda for the board February meeting. Hundreds of people showed up and overflowed the venue. The legal counsel advised the trustees to remove the item from the agenda citing open

meeting laws.

March 2018 - A special board meeting was then scheduled, and the board finally voted in favor of moving forward with writing a gender-diverse policy for CCSD schools.

June 2018 – The CCSD board had a special meeting to present the first draft of the actual gender-diverse policy. The board requested changes.

August 2018 – The CCSD board met to review the revised policy, they voted 4-3 to adopt it, with Edwards, Wright, Brooks, and Cavazos voting in favor. Young, Garvey, and Child voted against.

October 2018 – The Legislative Commission approved the Nevada Department of Education’s regulations for SB225. The NDOE regulations can be seen here.

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What is the process for requesting changes at school?

We've supported hundreds of gender diverse students through their transitions at school! Our student advocate can guide you through the process and attend the meeting in support of the student and family to ensure that the school is compliant with all laws and policies. If you would like advocacy support, please contact us at (702) 776-8812. Also include us on any emailed school correspondence at info@allianceforstudentdiversity.org.

1. Call your child's school and request to speak to the counselor or the principal. Tell them your child is gender diverse and you need to schedule a "gender support team" meeting to address their needs. The Equity & Diversity Department oversees this process. If the school is unaware of the policy, you can refer them to CCSD policy 5138. We can help you with this process! - contact us at (702) 776-8812.

2. CCSD requires a written request signed by the parent/s or guardian/s outlining what changes are being requested, such as updating the name and gender marker in Infinite Campus, or changes to PE class, restroom, or locker room facilities. We can help you draft your request letter.

3. Once the school has received your written request, they will schedule a "Gender Support Team" meeting to discuss your requests and to create a "Gender Support Plan" for the student. These meetings are currently being done by teleconference using Google Meets.  The meeting will include the principal, the school counselor, a representative from the Equity & Diversity Department, the parent/s, the student, and our student advocate can accompany you.

If you  have any questions, contact us at (702) 776-8812 or info@allianceforstudentdiversity.org.

What does Local Policy say about gender diverse students?​

 

CCSD Gender-diverse Policy

Policy 5138  states:

 

  • Students may have their name and gender marker updated in the school’s system, Infinite Campus, and can receive new updated student ID’s

  • Students can access facilities such as restrooms & locker rooms that are in line with their gender identity, they can choose what attire they wear at schools with uniforms, and for sex segregated extracurricular activities such as choir and ROTC

  • Students can have their chosen name called out at graduation, and printed on their transcripts and diplomas, and printed in the yearbook

  • Students can room with other students of the gender they identify with on overnight trips. Current privacy laws prohibit schools from “notifying” other students or parents

  • Deliberate mis-gendering or dead-naming can be considered bullying or harassment and both students and teachers/staff can be reprimanded

  • District employees may not disclose information that would reveal a student’s gender identity or expression status, doing so would be a FERPA violation

*Students in charter schools also have protections under state law, regardless of whether the school has implemented their own gender diversity policy.  

What does NV State law say about gender diverse students?​

Nevada Public Accommodations Law

Public accommodations, in US law, are generally defined as facilities, both public and private, used by the public. Examples include retail storesrental establishments, and service establishments as well as educational institutionsrecreational facilities, and service centers. In the 2011 NV Legislative session, "gender identity or expression" were added to the list of protected groups that may not be discriminated against in public places.

NRS 651.070 states: 

“All persons entitled to equal enjoyment of places of public accommodation.  All persons are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression.”

  • “Gender identity or expression” means a gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth.

  • “Place of public accommodation” means: (k) Any nursery, private school or university or other place of education

 

Senate Bill 225

In June 2017 Governor Sandoval signed SB225, a law requiring for all school districts or public schools to adopt a policy that contains requirements and methods for addressing certain rights and needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions on an individualized basis.

SB225 states NRS 388.133 is hereby amended to read as follows:

  1. The Department shall, in consultation with the governing bodies, educational personnel, local associations and organizations of parents whose children are enrolled in schools throughout this State, and individual parents and legal guardians whose children are enrolled in schools throughout this State, prescribe by regulation a policy for all school districts and schools to provide a safe and respectful learning environment that is free of bullying and cyber-bullying.

  2.  The policy must include, without limitation:

  • (a) Requirements and methods for reporting violations of NRS 388.135, including, without limitation, violations among teachers and violations between teachers and administrators, coaches and other personnel of a school district or school;

  • (b) Requirements and methods for addressing the rights and needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions; and

  • (c) A policy for use by school districts and schools to train members of the governing body and all administrators, teachers and all other personnel employed by the governing body. The policy must include, without limitation:

    • (1) Training in the appropriate methods to facilitate positive human relations among pupils by eliminating the use of bullying and cyber-bullying so that pupils may realize their full academic and personal potential;

    • (2) Training in methods to prevent, identify and report incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying;

    • (3) Training concerning the needs of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions;

 

NDOE Regulations for SB225

The Nevada Department of Ed implemented regulations for SB225 to give schools specific guidance on how to implement these policies with regard to:

  • Parent engagement

  • Developing a gender support team and plan

  • Restroom and locker room facilities

  • Disciplinary methods for policy violations

  • Student privacy

  • Updating names & pronouns in the school system

  • Creating inclusive classroom activities

  • Assemblies, dances, ceremonies and extracurricular activities that do not segregate or discriminate according to gender identity or expression

  • Yearbook photos

  • Dress code and graduation cap/gown.

 

The NDOE regulations can be viewed here:

What does Federal law say about gender diverse students?​

On March 8, 2021 the Biden administration issued a new Executive Order “Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”.

 

The Executive Order begins by announcing the policy of the Biden administration that “all students should be guaranteed an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence, and including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

To that end, the Executive Order directs the U.S. Department of Education, through Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona in consultation with the Attorney General, to review its existing regulations and other guidance that may be inconsistent with the Biden administration’s stated policy and report those findings to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Executive Order also mandates specific review of the rule entitled “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance,” 85 Fed. Reg. 30026 (May 19, 2020),  and directs Secretary Cardona to issue new guidance as needed to implement the Executive Order “as soon as practicable” and to suspend, revise, rescind, or publish for notice and comment proposed rules suspending, revising, or rescinding agency actions that are inconsistent with the stated purpose of the Executive Order. 

The Executive Order recognizes the potential for discrimination on the basis of sex to coincide with other forms of discrimination in educational environments. The Executive Order directs Secretary Cardona to “account for intersecting forms of prohibited discrimination that can affect the availability of resources and support for students who have experienced sex discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, disability, and national origin; to account for the significant rates at which students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) are subject to sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence; to ensure that educational institutions are providing appropriate support for students who have experienced sex discrimination; and to ensure that their school procedures are fair and equitable for all.

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