If you’re a student in Massachusetts, you now have the option of visiting the locker room of your choosing under the new state guidelines about gender identity. State law now forces nondiscrimination based on gender identity. In other words, if you’re a male identifying as a female, you can hang out in the ladies’ locker room, and vice versa. “We wanted to come up with something that would best address their needs and their safety needs and affirming their identities,” said Grace Sterling Stowell of the Boston Alliance of Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Youth, who used to be a male.
The solution has been to allow students to self-select restrooms and locker rooms. Medford School Superintendent Roy Belson said, “We want to provide equal access to every student. We want to make sure that every student is comfortable and right now after our preliminary discussions we believe we can do that.”
Who will be liable when the first student is sexually harassed by a male identifying as a female in a girls’ locker room is anybody’s guess.