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LGBTQ SCHOOL CLIMATE SNAPSHOT

Montgomery County Public Schools

Maryland State Law & Policy

Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity with regard to public accommodations, housing, and employment

Prohibits bullying (including cyberbullying), harassment or intimidation based on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools

Montgomery County Council Law & Policy

Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity with regard to public accommodations, housing, and employment (Montgomery County Code Chapter 27 Article 1)

Montgomery County Public School Board of Education Policy & Regulation

Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity of all students and school employees (MCPS ACA Policy: Nondiscrimination, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency)

Prohibits bullying (including cyberbullying), harassment or intimidation based on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools (MCPS JHF Policy: Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation)

Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Students

MCPS’ Guidelines Regarding Student Gender Identity Matters sets forth the systemwide expectation that discrimination, stigmatization, and bullying will not be tolerated.  The guidelines emphasize the importance that “all staff members and students recognize and respect matters of gender identity including students who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming, and such students should feel comfortable expressing their gender identity.”

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