JCPSThis story was reported by WLKY and is reposted here with permission.

On Monday, Jefferson County Board of Education members held a work session on a proposal to add gender identity and expression to official policies on equal opportunity, discrimination and harassment.

At the regular School Board meeting, several speakers addressed the issue during the public comment session.

One was a recent Manual High School graduate who experienced both harassment and support at school.

“Transgender people like me exist not only in the school environment, but in the workplaces and the real world that JCPS tries to prepare us as students for,” said Casey Hoke. “If we can teach tolerance and respect now by amending one policy, think of how we can continue to graduate and to change the world for a better tomorrow.”

The meeting was the first reading for the proposed change. It passed by a vote of 5-2.

The board will take up the issue again in several weeks.