New Minnesota guidelines aim to reduce bullying of transgender students


ST. PAUL — When students return to classes this fall. Alison Yocom hopes more of them will feel as comfortable in school as her son George does at Avalon charter school in St. Paul.

George is a transgender student, and thanks to Avalon’s inclusive policies he and other students are able to use the bathroom that fits their gender identity.

“It has been uneventful,” said Yocom, who is a leader of Transforming Families Minnesota, an advocacy group for transgender people. But she cautioned that not every transgender student in Minnesota is treated that way.

“Kids are coming out as transgender and schools are clueless as to how to help them,” Yocom said, adding that it can be especially tough for students in small, rural schools.

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