Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Texas School Boards Doing TBLG Civil Rights Two Step

We're going to have an interesting TBLG civil rights positive two step taking place in Houston and Dallas on the eve of the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit. 

What the TTNS deals with is education policy as it applies to trans people.  It's wonderful that we have two school board meetings taking up TBLG education specific issues transpiring in the Lone Star State on the same night.

It's also cool to me that it's happening the night before the TTNS.. 

The Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees will be conducting the second reading and final vote for the inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation in the district's employment policy.   The trustees of the state's largest school district voted 7-0 during a June 23 school board meeting to approve the proposed policy during the first reading phase and hope I'm able to watch history being made at the Hattie Mae White Building. 

Meanwhile 262 miles up I-45 north is the second largest school district in Texas and the twelfth largest in the United States, the Dallas Independent School District.   

According to Rafael McDonnell of Resource Center Dallas, the DISD Board of Trustees will be meeting to consider adding the same sexual orientation and gender identity language to its own district employment policies.

Thursday night's meeting is the first phase discussion and vote, with the final vote on the proposed policy scheduled for August 25.

Here's hoping that both the HISD and DISD efforts in this Texas TBLG civil rights two step are successful and we have some exciting news to talk about during the TTNS.

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