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Maine Commission Studying Transgender Rights


In order to draft guidance for educators, the Maine Human Rights Commission is looking at the issues transgender students face at school.

The executive director of the Maine Principals' Association, Dick Durost, told Portland TV station WCSH he has some concerns about regulations being considered by the commission. Durost, who has been attending numerous athletic events, said he has worries regarding a proposal to let transgender teens use the restrooms and locker rooms for the gender with which they identify and compete on sports teams of their gender identify.

"One would be a biological female presenting as a male and situations where we would have safety concerns in male bathrooms and locker rooms," Durost said of his concerns. "The second issue would be biological males presenting as females wishing to compete on girls' athletic teams and the impact on the level of competition."

The commission will discuss the proposed draft of the recommendations March 1.

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