Trans students in NYC schools now must be addressed by their preferred pronouns

Transgender students attending New York City schools must be addressed by their preferred pronouns, according to a directive handed down this week.

The city’s Department of Education issued a memo less than two weeks after federal guidelines for the treatment of trans students was rescinded by the Trump administration.

‘It’s about a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment,’ the department’s gender-equity coordinator officer Jared Fox tells the New York Daily News.

‘It’s really hard to concentrate on English or math or social studies when you don’t feel like you belong.’

The department’s new 10-page memo is for school staff, students and families and expands on protections the department first published in 2014.

The memo states: ‘It is important to note that for students who are gender-nonconforming or who do not prescribe to the gender binary, they may prefer gender-neutral pronouns such as “they,” “ze,” or other pronouns.

‘It is important for school staff, students and parents to be aware that transgender and gender-nonconforming students may be at a higher risk for peer ostracism, victimization, and bullying because of bias and/or the possibility of misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about their lives.’