Posted For: The Jester of Genocide
by KRISTINA WATROBSKI
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (TND) — The largest public school system in Maryland saw a 582% increase in the number of students identifying as non-binary over two years, according to a snapshot of data shared by a district official.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) provides an intake form to students every year designed to understand and support a student’s gender identity. The form asks students for their “identified name,” “identified gender” and their preferred pronouns.
Students are also asked whether or not their parents or guardians are aware of their gender and, if so, to rank their level of support on a scale from 1 to 10. The form notes that parents and guardians should only be involved in the completion of the form if they are aware and supportive of the child’s gender identity.
Pictures shared from MCPS’s Pride ALLiance meeting last week show the results of these intake forms over the last four school years.
An amazing kickoff event for the first in-person MCPS Pride ALLiance meeting! 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ QO was proud to host this opportunity to share glows and grows for LGBTQ+ students and staff #allmeansall #equityandinclusion #representationmatters @QOHSPrin_Thomas @mcpsequityteam @mcps_lgbtq pic.twitter.com/LPKdVhN82V
— Elicia Eberhart-Bliss (@QOActingAP) October 7, 2022
In 2019, 35 MCPS students indicated they identify as non-binary, with the majority being middle school students. However, those numbers appear to have skyrocketed, as 239 identified as such in 2021. A breakdown of those numbers show 18 were elementary schoolers, 129 middle schoolers and 92 high schoolers.
Overall, 423 intake forms have been submitted over the last four years, showing that 45% of MCPS students identify as non-binary. Data also shows that most students feel their parents or guardians are supportive, with 55% giving them a score of 8-10.
A breakdown by grade level also shows that MCPS middle schoolers identified as non-binary significantly more than elementary and high schoolers. 203 middle schoolers have indicated such since 2019, compared to 41 elementary schoolers. A study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) says that for most children growing up with gender dysphoria, whether it will persist or desist is typically determined between ages 10 and 13.
In a Pride Alliance Student Survey linked on the district’s website, students are asked for their gender identity and sexual orientation, and whether or not they feel comfortable with either. The survey also asks students to “describe the vibe towards the LGBTQIA+ community” in their respective school.
MCPS principals are instructed to work with non-binary students and their family to “develop a plan to ensure that the student has equal access and equal opportunity” and be “protected from gender-based discrimination at school.”
The National Desk (TND) reached out to MCPS for comment on these numbers, but did not receive an immediate reply. This story will be updated if a response is received.