Regulation 225

Angelina DiBiaso, Staff

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Recently, the Indian River School district held a meeting regarding a new proposal by the name of Regulation 225, which allows Delaware students to change their name, gender, or race. This means that students within the LGBTQIA+ community are allowed to request teachers to call them by a different name, or request to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correlate with the gender they identify with. However, several parents are against this regulation because it also has a confidentiality rule. Teachers and staff are allowed to do these things without parental consent or knowledge if a child requests. They arrived at the meeting with shirts and signs to protest the regulation, claiming that it has to do with their parenting rights and not the LGBTQIA+ community. Michelle McDowell says that “It’s my right to raise my child the way I see fit”. Parents are going as far as threatening to pull their children out of public school if the law is passed. National LGBTQIA+ organizations have been outspoken about their opinions on the issue. Eliza Byard, the executive director of The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network based in New York says “The proposed amendment to Regulation 225 is an enormously important, common-sense step to support schools in doing their best by all of their students, it would provide greater clarity for schools and greater security for the transgender students of Delaware.” 14 states already have laws protecting LGBTQIA+ students and 18 states have anti-bullying laws that prohibits harassment of people based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Regulation 225 would allow students to be themselves in a safe environment. Some children live in places where being queer is dangerous. This regulation makes students feel comfortable and safe in school, without being outed to parents. It takes time for children to be able to be open about their identities and when parents protest rules that would make them feel safe, it makes it even harder for them to come out.