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LGBTQ advocates support policy allowing students to change names, pronouns
RHINELANDER - A new lawsuit against the Madison Metropolitan School District says it "seeks to vindicate parents' fundamental and constitutional right to direct the upbringing of their children."
The policy in question allows students to update their name and preferred pronouns, without parental consent. Attorneys from the Wisconsin Law and Liberty say the policy is "designed to circumvent parental involvement."

But, LGBTQ advocates say the school's open-mindedness should be applauded. Northwoods Pride committee member Ron Bushor says having to experience middle and high school years while having certain sexual preferences can be difficult.

"That fear that all of the LGBTQ community has growing up of being accepted or there being some type of a backlash, bullying, hatred, dismissal from whether it be your family or other kids at school or adults you know and deal with every day‚Ķ.it's a scary thing," said Bushor.     

Bushor says the policy shows students that they are fully supported by the school district.

"To have the policy the school has now shows these kids that there is that acceptance and they're willing to embrace whoever you might be. It doesn't even matter if you're transgender or gay or lesbian or bisexual or straight, everyone wants to be cared about."

He and other members of Northwoods Pride would like to see the policy adopted not only in the Northwoods, but across the country.

Attorneys representing the parents filed for their names to be kept anonymous -- and asked the court to force the school district to stop following this policy, until the lawsuit is heard in court.

Story By: Maya Reese

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