TDSB considers letting LGBTQ students change names without parental approval


The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is currently evaluating whether or not it should allow LGBTQ students to change their preferred names in their school’s IT systems without having prior parental approval. According to a report by the LGBTQS Community Advisory Committee, the committee has a table working with human rights groups to discuss the matter. “In our student information system (SIS), there is a legal name and preferred name field. There is a table working with Human Rights to discuss what students have access to change on their profile without parental consent,” the report writes. As part of the consultation process, the committee hopes to invite IT professionals and others to further discuss the potential change. True North reached out to the committee for further details on the matter but did not hear back by the time this article was published. Gender transitions by youth and teenagers has been a contentious issue as an increasing number of teens have considered transitioning into their preferred gender. Critics of allowing youth to transition have argued that the “experimental” nature of treatment and other issues puts kids at risk.

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