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Vancouver Catholic schools adopt policy to accommodate transgender students

July 17, 2014

The Catholic school system of Vancouver has agreed that a 11-year-old transgendered student at a Catholic school, who was born as a boy but now prefers to live as a girl, will not be required to use the boys’ bathroom.

The parents of Tracey Wilson had filed a complaint against the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA), saying that the schools’ policy requiring the child to use the boys’ bathroom was a violation of human rights. The CISVA settled that complaint by adopting a new policy to accommodate transgendered students, and paying an undisclosed sum to the Wilson family.

The new CISVA policy make provisions for students who “express their gender in ways that are different from prevailing stereotypes,” said Doug Lauson, the superintendent of CISVA. The schools will develop an “individual accommodation plan” for each such student, serving the best interests of the child, he said. “This policy will ensure that Catholic schools are a safe and accepting place for all students.”


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  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jul. 18, 2014 5:38 PM ET USA

    Well, I checked the CISVA website, and it claims to be part of the Church. Still, they must be of the nancy pelosi, kathhleen sebelius, and mario cuomo branch, the cino branch.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jul. 18, 2014 4:59 PM ET USA

    There seems to be something wrong with this story, and I couldn't tell by reading the Globe and Mail article, but iis this the true Catholic diocese in Vancouver? Why do they call themselves the Catholiic 'Independent' Schools? Are they independent from the Church? I just can't believe the Church is accommodating this troubled boy and his ignorant parents, who claim their fight is for all, but who also cashed a healthy settlement check.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jul. 17, 2014 9:47 PM ET USA

    This appears to be the usual initial radical approach which will be followed by a full court press as in the BoY Scouts in the USA and the same sex marriage issue in the USA.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 17, 2014 9:19 PM ET USA

    What of the rights of the other children?

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jul. 17, 2014 6:10 PM ET USA

    Gender/ideology(GI)is virulent idealism/gnosticism:reality is the ideas of higher consciousness.The Faith teaches an objective truth: XXfemale/XYmale cannot be altered by GI.GI is destructive of the human person.Thus ideologies tend to be imposed by force,for reality always asserts itself(wins)in opposition.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jul. 17, 2014 6:06 PM ET USA

    I'm sorry, but this is a "good grief, Charlie Brown" moment, and it's not one of the funny ones. The child needs a good shrink, not accommodation. What does this do to the girls in the school?