GP school board adds ‘gender identity’ to district policies, following law

GRANTS PASS, Ore. —The Grants Pass school board voted Tuesday to add the term, “gender identity” to its policies district-wide.

The board voted unanimously to approve the change, as a result of House Bill 3041, which is required by law according to the school district.  The bill removes gender identity from definition of sexual orientation and creates a stand-alone definition.

“I don’t know that it’s going to change in practice anything we’re already doing, I think its just kind of updating the policy so they are up to date and so that nobody is getting discriminated against for any legitimate reason,” said Brian DeLaGrange, Grants Pass school board member.

It was just two months ago that hundreds of Grants Pass High School students walked out of class to protest a school board decision to reverse the firing of two educators.

The two promoted the controversial “I Resolve Movement.” It asks local, state, and federal leaders to adopt several principles and policies, including that there are two anatomical gender presentations, male and female. The educators are still suing the district in federal court.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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