NEW YORK (PIX11) – The New York City Department of Education has posted guidelines for transgender students. Advocates say they are steps in the right direction.
At 3 years old, Rocky Sanabria knew he was a boy living in a little girl’s body. Not long ago he underwent major surgery.
“Already it’s been like 8 months since the surgery, and already I take a flat chest for granted,” said Sanabria.
16-year-old Sanabria underwent a double mastectomy. Even with complications, it changed his life.
“The reality is if you’ve grown up 14-15 years there’s no going back,” said Sanabria.
One of the hardest parts of Sanabria’s life living as a transgender has been school.
The NYC Department of Education has developed actual guidelines for students like Sanabria to support them.
According to the guidelines, students should be addressed by school staff by the name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that is consistently asserted at school.
A transgender student should not be required to use a locker room or restroom that conflicts with the student’s identity.
Students have the right to dress in accordance with their gender identity that is consistently asserted at school within the constraints of the dress code adopted at their school site.
“When you come out, if you’re coming out as gay or lesbian, coming out as transgender there’s always going to be a space where you’re going to have awkward conversations,” said Tiq Milan with GLAAD.
Tiq Milan is a transgender man who said this these are steps in the right direction for kids who have to deal with ups and down.
“It’s what has to he done. It’s equal for everyone,” said Sanabria.
Sanabria recently testified in front of City Council on many of these very issues.
The transgender policy was posted on Feb. 21 on the DOE website and announced at the City Council hearing. You can go to the link at:http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/TransgenderStudentGuidelines/default.htm. The guidelines provide guidance to our schools to support transgender youth.