Green Bay Diocese issues anti-trans school policy

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wisc., has issued a policy barring the use of pronouns or clothing that doesn’t align with gender assigned at birth.

The Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported that the policy would apply to 56 schools and 9,000 students within the diocese. The policy went into effect on July 1 and punishment can include suspension or expulsion.

It’s the latest action by U.S. dioceses against LGBTQ people in their communities. In recent years, dioceses in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois have issue policies or made statements that were seen as anti-LGBTQ.

The CNA reported that similar policies have been issued in Lansing, Mich. and Springfield.

The news service reported that Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki issued a pastoral guide regarding diocesan policies on gender identity in early 2020. He said that Catholics must support those struggling with gender dysphoria with “compassion,” but this does not mean compromising Catholic values.

“However, it must be clear that our schools and Church institutions (including sacramental records and school records) will refer to such persons with the gender pronouns, along with bathroom and locker room use and sports activities that acknowledge their God-given biology,” the CNA quoted Paprocki.

Last year, Paprocki called marriage equality legalization in Illinois a “great evil.”