Unmasked Fascists waving their fists reminiscent of the insurrectionists at the capitol on November 6th, backed up police to the doors of Brevard School Board Meeting Tuesday.
The ‘adults’ outside of the meeting were angry at the police for keeping them out of the Brevard School Board Meeting. While some were upset that they missed an opportunity to speak, the most vocal of the contingent expressed rage at the board for protecting LGBTQI students in the first place.
The Brevard Public School board’ passed an inclusive LGBT policy that outlined the district’s expectations regarding the treatment of their LGBT students in July of 2016.
Since then the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) adopted policies aligning itself with Bostock v. Clayton County which by law requires the commission to investigate complaints based on sexual orientation and gender expression.
The Brevard Public School published LGBTQ+ Guidance last month prompted by the Biden administration’s commitment to upholding the law.
LGBTQ+ District Guidance
Action 1: Dress Code
All students may dress and present in ways that are consistent with their gender identity
and expression, while still abiding by the Brevard Public Schools dress code, including at any school-sponsored events and functions. This includes dances, graduation, JROTC, etc. The full dress code can be found in Board Policy 5511 or within the Student Code of Conduct.
Action 2: Names and Pronouns
All students are to be referred to by the gender pronoun and name consistent with their gender
identity in verbal and written communication, i.e., in class, at assemblies, on school ID badges, and
all other unofficial documents such as honor roll certificates and yearbook. Only “official”
documents must use a student’s legal name. Official documents include, but are not limited to
registration paperwork, report cards, diploma, standardized tests, student cumulative files,
and IEP’s/S504 Plans.
Action 3: Restrooms/Locker Rooms
All students are allowed to access locker rooms and restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity or be provided appropriate accommodations. If accommodations are desired, decisions should be student-driven and with district support on a case-by-case basis.
Action 4: School Events and Functions
All students may bring same-gender dates to any school-sponsored event or function. This includes dances, graduation, JROTC, etc. All students shall be allowed to participate in school traditions, however, if the tradition includes gender-separated components, then all students may participate in a manner consistent to their gender identity.
Action 5: Interscholastic Athletics
All students can participate in school activities that are consistent with their gender identity. Per the FHSAA Policy 16.8, Gender Identity Participation, all eligible students should have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity and expression, regardless of the gender listed on a student’s birth certificate and/or records. If a student wishes to participate in a gender-segregated athletic sport in a manner consistent with their gender identity and expression, they should contact their athletic director for assistance in following the procedures and documentation set forth by the FHSAA.
Action 6: Clubs
All students have the right to form and participate in a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) or any LGTBQ+ related organization, including student named and generated clubs, as they would with any other club.
Action 7: Confidentiality/Identity
All LGBTQ+ students have the right to decide when and to whom their gender identity and sexual orientation is shared. School mental health providers and trusted adults are encouraged to support students in determining a safe and affirming learning environment.
Action 8: Pride
All faculty, staff, and students are afforded the same rights and protections under district, state, and federal policy. It is imperative that students, school staff, and other adults feel safe, included and empowered on our school campuses, and at school-related events and functions.
Gender Expression External appearance of one’s gender identity, usually expressed through
behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or
One’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One’s gender identity can
be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.
One’s emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to others.
The School Board of Brevard County, Florida does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, transgender status, or gender identity), disability (including HIV, AIDS, or sickle cell trait), pregnancy, marital status, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information or any other factor protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
The district also provides equal access to its facilities to youth groups, as required by the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. The School Board of Brevard County is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAA), the Florida Education Equity Act of 1984, Age Discrimination Act of 1967, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Civil Rights Act of 1964 including: Title II, Title VI, and Title VII, United States Education Amendments of 1972 – Title
IX, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).