San Antonio Independent School District has become Bexar County’s first district to add sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to its nondiscrimination policies. On Monday night the SAISD board of trustees made the changes official following the efforts of high school senior Ruby Polanco.
Polanco “started with her psychology teacher and worked her way up to conversations with Superintendent Pedro Martinez, SAISD Board President Patti Radle, State Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio), and others.” She started on online petition, which has just 303 supporters, not necessarily from San Antonio (Some of the supporters are not even in the US). Polanco followed the procedure for changing policy until her cause was finally brought before the SAISD board of trustees, who approved the changes to the non-discrimination policy.
This new school policy could allow boys into the girls’ showers, restrooms, locker rooms, changing areas, and possibly even sports teams.
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