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Michigan officials considering policies on LGBTQ students

The State Board of Education is considering a new set of policies aimed at ensuring students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning are treated fairly in schools across Michigan. (MGN Online photo)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The State Board of Education is considering a new set of policies aimed at ensuring students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning are treated fairly in schools across Michigan.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the policies include guidelines such as allowing a student to use restrooms based on their gender identity, ensuring staff are trained to address issues facing LGBTQ students, and supporting the creation of clubs like as gay-straight alliances.

Board president John Austin believes schools need to be welcoming of LGBTQ students and to prevent them from being harassed.

But opponents, including Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter, are worried the guidelines would upset children's privacy and safety.

The board is expected to decide whether to encourage school districts to adopt the policies in May.

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