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Gender Sexuality Alliance contributes to policy draft

Club members give input on proposed guidelines

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Gender Sexuality Alliance members met March 1 to discuss future plans.

Gender Sexuality Alliance members met March 1 to discuss future plans.

Will Huyck

Will Huyck

Gender Sexuality Alliance members met March 1 to discuss future plans.

Will Huyck

When Gender Sexuality Alliance adviser Kyle Sweeney heard the administration drafted a gender inclusion policy, she said she decided to get students involved.

“I heard that the policy had been drafted and they were talking about it at a School Board meeting, so I wrote to Mr. Metz asking if he wanted any input or if he wanted to come talk to the GSA,” Sweeney said. “I told him we were really happy he was doing it.”

Sweeney said the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) contributed to the policy through editing one of its drafts.

“He sent me the draft,” Sweeney said. “We read it and compiled a list of questions and recommendations.”

Sweeney said the initial draft proposed several beneficial policies.

“I was really impressed with what (the administration) had already put together,” Sweeney said. “That ranges from things like all-gender bathrooms to not allowing teachers to split kids into groups of girls and boys.”

Sophomore GSA member Jake Henry said he believes a gender inclusion policy would benefit transgender students.

“I have a lot of transgender friends people who don’t really fall on the male/female spectrum,” Henry said. “I think it’d be really important for my friends because then they’d be recognized and have a lot more support in school.”

Sweeney said GSA advocated for a gender inclusion policy in the past, specifically in her first year as a teacher.

“These are things that we’ve been working on and talking about for a long time. Sometimes students have power, sometimes they don’t,” Sweeney said. “It feels really good that this is something we don’t have to do. The kids don’t have to advocate for this. It’s being done from the top down.”

Junior Kaleb Schweizer said he believes the benefits of the policy would reach others in addition to transgender students.

“For those who are of the transgender community, it’ll help them, as well as anybody else,” Schweizer said. “I think it’ll overall affect the school and student body in a positive way.”

According to Sweeney, GSA might work with the administration in future stages of the drafting process.

Anyone looking to get involved with the policy can attend a GSA meeting. Meetings take place at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, in room B231.

Update 3/14/16: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the meeting room number for the GSA. It has since been changed.

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2 Responses to “Gender Sexuality Alliance contributes to policy draft”

  1. Elise Bargman on March 14th, 2016 5:32 pm

    Hi! GSA student president here. Thank you so much for writing this article. Just so you know, we meet in B231, not B321. Thanks!

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  2. Jen Himley on July 13th, 2016 7:37 pm

    Thank you for leading by example. Not many school districts have implemented gender inclusion policies.

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