To learn more about sex offenders in your local area, contact your local police department or sheriff.On paper, the state of Delaware ranks in the top tier of progressive states when it comes to protecting the civil rights of transgender people.The state Department of Education, whose mission includes promoting "safe and healthy environments conducive to learning," doesn't track how individual districts treat transgender students and gives no specific guidance to schools, according to department spokeswoman Alison May."Districts are separate government entities from the state governed by locally elected school boards," May wrote in an email.Asked if he would encourage local school districts to adopt formal policies to protect transgender students, Gov.Since 2013, Delaware has joined a minority of states that expressly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, which falls under the umbrella of protected classes like race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
Absent state oversight in Delaware, none of the 11 public school districts that responded to questions from The News Journal has enacted a policy to give transgender students equal access to bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity.Madison, who socially transitioned from male to female two years ago and is now a freshman at Cape Henlopen High, said she had to circulate a petition and threaten a "bathroom strike" before the school would agree to let her use the girl's bathroom."I don't even know how I'm going to do this," she said of the next three years.In Appoquinimink, spokeswoman Lillian Miles said no transgender student has "requested the use of a bathroom or locker facility that corresponds to his or her gender identity."Appoquininimk, along with Milford and Polytech, offers transgender students the option of using gender-neutral bathrooms in the nurse's office or elsewhere.State policy mandates that transgender state employees be called by their preferred names and pronouns and be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.But those protections don't extend to transgender students, a News Journal investigation has found.