BP-1 - Article II Responsibilities of Local School Boards, Section 2 Professional Staff Development and Employee Relations, 2.11 Equality of Employment

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03-20-2017 11:18:00 PM

Concerning changes to NSBA Beliefs and Policies; BP-1, BP-2, BP-3, as well as 2017 Proposed Resolution R-17, that include the addition of and/or reference to GENDER IDENTITY. The Mississippi Delegation will not support the inclusion of gender identity, transgender or any other term meant to infer some period of transitioning from one "gender" to "another" into NSBA Core Area amendments to NSBA Beliefs and Policies nor to any resolution . Gender and biological sexual identity have, over the years, been synonymous. We do realize that there can be instances of gender non-conformity or gender dysphoria. As per NSBA's reference to the American Academy of Pediatrics - the issues expressed refer to "behaviors, appearances, or identities that are incongruent to those culturally assigned to their birth sex" so a person presenting to a Physician with these symptoms would have a diagnosis of "gender non-conformity" or "gender dysphoria' and could be dealt with in a school setting on an individual basis as would any other child with a specific medical diagnosis.
However, a person born with XX chromosome makeup and a person born with XY chromosome makeup are very much separately Female and Male.
Of great concern is, once we allow this type of language in NSBA Beliefs and Policies or Resolutions we are supporting an open flood gate for individuals to decide their "gender" based on their personal feelings at any particular time, which would ultimately lead to, as we have already seen, male/female restroom and locker room facility issues as well as many other issues too numerous to exploit here.
As you can see from the attachment, even though this information is from 2011, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the prevalence of this gender issue is extremely rare.