Sun. Jun 20th, 2021

YORK, Maine — After working for months to update the language of the York School Department’s policies on transgender students, the York School Committee has approved new revisions to reflect evolutions in state law.

The committee voted in favor of the edits on first reading April 7 and again on second reading May 5, then ultimately adopted the updated policy, according to Chair Dave Herbein.

The underlying policy has been in place since 2018. The substantive change between the 2018 policy and the new policy is the inclusion of an expanded definition for the term “gender identity.”

Maine’s definition of gender identity

Herbein said the law originally lumped sexual orientation and gender identity together. Since then, Maine has updated its law to say that gender identity exists as a separate and distinct protected class from sexual orientation, he said.