APA psychologist James K. Hsu is “unaware” of the new policy that requires transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, according to a letter he sent to school districts last week.
Hsi said he is “disappointed” by the new guidelines and believes students should be able to choose the restroom that best fits their gender identities.
Hsue told the Associated Press that he’s disappointed the policy is not being implemented more widely and said that if he did see it he would “ask for clarification and reassurance.”
Hsay said he has received no assurances that the policy will not be changed.
The policy would affect all public schools in California, except in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, where it is not enforced.
The APA has received more than 800 complaints about the policy since it was released in June, according the American Psychological Association’s website.
The guidelines are based on the idea that gender is a social construct that has been around since the 1800s and that people who identify as transgender are not “real men.”
The APAs guidelines are designed to address issues of transgender identity and are based in part on a 2008 report by the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force on Transgender Issues.
Transgender students, who often identify as female or nonbinary, are often excluded from using restrooms and locker room facilities that correspond to their gender.
Some schools have implemented gender neutral facilities.
The policies come as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on whether a transgender student in Washington state can use the boys’ locker room in a school bathroom that matches his or her gender identity.
The case could be the first test for how the high court rules on whether school districts can restrict access to restrooms and other facilities that people identify with.
Hsun is a transgender man who identifies as female, but who has a penis.
His family is being represented by a group called the Center for Constitutional Rights.
APA guidelines for transgender students have included the idea of gender neutrality, a requirement that transgender students be able access facilities that align with their genders, but not the use of restrooms that match their gender at birth.