New Gender Discrimination Guidelines Stir Controversy – Reported By: Tom Porter

The Maine Human Rights Commission today released draft guidelines designed to protect students against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The guidelines assert the rights of transgender students to have access to the bathrooms and to the sports teams that correspond with the way they see their sexual identity.

Transgender students are defined as those whose identity differs from their biological, or assigned sex at birth. So a biological boy who identifies as a female should have the right to play for the girls’ team, says John Gause, an attorney with the Maine Human Rights Commission.