MetroEast school board votes to let transgender students use preferred names, but restricts bathroom access

O’FALLON — In a mixed result, the school board for District 90 in O’Fallon voted to let transgender students use their preferred names, but will still require them to use a gender neutral bathroom in a nurse’s office or the bathroom of their gender assigned at birth. KSDK-TV in St. Louis reported that the board did vote to allow students to wear their preferred names on their student IDs and non-legal documents. Before, students could only use their given names. Also, students can play in sports of their gender identity only if the governing association gives permission.

Walk with MetroEast Pride at O’Fallon holiday parade

O’FALLON — MetroEast Pride is asking for volunteers to walk with them during the annual holiday parade in O’Fallon. From MetroEast Pride’s Facebook page:
Volunteers needed! We will be walking in the 2018 O’Fallon Illuminated Holiday Parade this Saturday, November 23rd. We are looking for community members and allies to walk with us in order to make a greater impact at the parade. If you or your organization would like to volunteer, please contact Nicci Kincer at nicci@metroeastprideswi.org or send her a direct message on Facebook.

O’Fallon school board could change policy on transgender students tonight

O’FALLON — The school board for District 90 in O’Fallon will be looking at two possible revisions in their policy towards transgender students, a local newspaper reported. The Belleville News-Democrat reported that the district is under pressure from two statewide groups to update the policy they voted on last year. According to the newspaper, the school does not allow students to the use the bathroom of their identified gender, only biological. And all student records are in the student’s “legal name.” To the school board, students are the gender assigned at birth is what determines their sports teams and what facilities they use.

O’Fallon school board member gets calls to resign after calling book “social indoctrination”

O’FALLON, Ill. — A school board member has received calls to resign after calling for a children’s book on social activism “social indoctrination.” From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
After a school board member here questioned the use of a book about a girl learning about social activism in a children’s program at the local library, dozens of parents, teachers and students showed up at a school board meeting Tuesday night to urge him to step down. But the board member, Steve Springer, said he has no intention of stepping down.