Earlier this year, the Trump Administration rescinded federal guidelines around transgender students and public school bathrooms. In response, Frederick County, Md., spelled out its policies, including allowing students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity, and other issues involving privacy, dress codes and sports. It’s one of the most comprehensive policies in the country, and while there’s support from parents and students, the school district is also being sued on behalf of a 15-year-old student. We discuss what the policy means for students in Frederick County, and hear from an organization which opposed similar policies in Virginia.

WAMU Education coverage is supported in part by American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • Roger Gannam Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs, Liberty Counsel
  • Janet Shipman Coordinator of Student Services, Frederick County Public Schools

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