HISD Adds Transgender Category to Its Anti-Discrimination Policy

The Houston school district has added categories for transgendered individuals to its policy against discrimination.

In addition to the already existing "sexual orientation," HISD has added "gender identity, and/or gender expression" to its list of categories of people whom it is forbidden to discriminate against.

The policy now reads:

Employees of the District shall not discriminate on the basis of or engage in harassment motivated by age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, marital status, religion, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. A substantiated charge of harassment against a student or employee shall result in disciplinary action.

The new policy, announced today, comes on the heels of a board vote last week, spokesman Norm Uhl says.

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