Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Now Part Of Schools' Anti-Discrimination Policy

Jul 24, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Fayette County School Board has made what one advocacy group calls a "bold statement" by expanding the district's non-discrimination policy to include gender identity and sexual orientation.

The FCPS board voted to add the language to the policy Monday night, making Fayette County the second school district in the state to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Dennis Cornell, Vice Chair of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, says an enforcement mechanism is in place.

"If any student or member of the faculty or staff makes a complaint that they are being harassed or discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, then the superintendent will personally put up an investigation from a task force within three days of the complaint."

Fayette County Superintendent Tom Shelton told the Lexington Herald-Leader existing rules already covered the group, but adding new language "makes a stronger statement so that people understand what our stance is."