Massachusetts’ Department of Education Issues Guidance on Gender Identity Law


On November 23, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law “An Act Relative to Gender Identity” (Chapter 199 of the Acts of 2011). It went into effect on July 1, 2012,

amending M.G.L. ch. 76, § 5 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity of students who enroll in or attend public schools. On February 15, 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidance, clarifying how the new law and its accompanying regulations apply to school districts.

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