Vancouver Catholic schools first with transgender policy

Typical men and women's bathroom sign. (Fotolia)

Typical men and women's bathroom sign. (Fotolia)

Ada Slivinski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:12 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Catholic schools in Vancouver are the first in the country to institute a policy for transgender students.

The policy allows students to be addressed by the name and pronoun they prefer, gain access to a private washroom where requested and wear an alternative uniform, but makes it clear schools do not support gender transitioning.

The policy requires a case management team of the student's parents, administrators, a priest and medical professionals be assembled.

"We bring in the professionals and the professionals decide what is best for that child," said Doug Lauson, superintendent, Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver. "Accommodation is not automatic."

Lauson said that the policy allows schools to accommodate students without going against Catholic teaching.

"The Catholic Church is very clear that men and women are created distinctly and the body and spirit is one and the same," Lauson said.

 


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