This bill targets any student who may choose not to conform to traditional norms about gender by requiring school staff to share private information and even speculation about students’ gender identities with other school staff and parents.
This bill forces teachers and administrators to act as “gender police” by requiring them to monitor students for signs of gender nonconformity and report suspicions. This bill relies on subjective, outdated and potentially sexist ideas about how boys and girls must traditionally dress and behave.
Transgender youth already experience severely elevated levels of bullying in Indiana — 3 in 5 report being harassed at school by both students and staff. By requiring school staff to share this incredibly personal information, they could be exposing youth to the threat of additional violence at school and at home.