RALEIGH, N.C. — Critics of a bill introduced Thursday in the North Carolina Senate say it could endanger the mental health and physical safety of LGBTQ students who may be kicked out by their parents without their consent. I’m here.
Promoted by sponsors as a means of giving parents more control over their children’s education and health care, the bill would, in most cases, force schools to warn parents before changing names or pronouns used for their children. It asks you to do so.it also K-4 Prohibit teaching about gender identity and sexuality in public school classroomsexcept for “Student-initiated questions”.
Several mental health professionals, parents and teachers have told the Senate Medical Committee that the bill would force teachers to betray the trust of their students and give children life without affirming the home environment. He said it could create a situation that threatens
Dr. Sarah Wilson, assistant professor at Duke University School of Medicine, said: She said school would no longer be a safe place for children to explore their own identities.
The proposal passed the committee on Thursday and is now on its way to the Senate Rules Committee. It is one of 35 bills introduced in 14 states aimed at restricting education on LGBTQ topics and alerting parents to changes in how they identify their children.
Chelsea Johnson, a North Carolina therapist who works with transgender and gender nonconforming youth ages 9 to 18, said students and teachers should censor themselves when they talk about family and identity. He said he could feel compelled to do so. pain.
“Repression does not prevent individuals from discovering who they are, but it does increase the likelihood of lifelong mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide. ‘, said Johnson. 40 cases of this in her career.
One of the main reasons students confide in school professionals is that they feel physically, mentally or emotionally unsafe or at risk of harm by coming out to their home. she said.
Alamance County Republican Senator Amy Gary, who sponsored the bill, countered claims that it would prevent students with LGBTQ parents from talking about their families, and said it would include certain safeguards to prevent harm. I said it is.
The proposal includes exceptions to sharing school records with parents if they have reason to believe that their child will be abused or neglected by making the school records public.
(See: North Carolina Parents’ Bill Blocking K-3 LGBTQ Curriculum Clears Senate)
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