Ohio debates law to require teachers to ‘out’ transgender students to parents

This article documents some of the concerns about the Ohio bill which “would require government entities, including schools, courts and hospitals, to ‘immediately’ notify parents if a child displays signs of gender dysphoria or ‘demonstrates a desire to be treated in a manner opposite of the child’s biological sex,’ according to the proposal.”

Some questions to think about as you read:

  • What is the relationship between HIPPA and this new bill? Would the above mandated reporting violate HIPPA in some cases?
  • In what ways will this inhibit or increase students’ expressions to their teachers concerning gender dysphoria? What side effects might accompany mandated reporting? What detriments and benefits would students receive once a family is notified?
  • Will the bill allow a counselor at a local school to make a decision not to report to a family out of safety concerns for the student?
  • Do children have a right to privacy?

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