Truman group pushes to add gender identity to policy

The Faculty Senate at Truman State University is working to add gender identity to their non-discrimination policy.

Adding gender identity to the policy was passed unanimously by the Student Senate a few weeks ago.

Now, faculty members are planning to bring the issue to the Board of Governors for approval.

The non-discrimination policy was amended in December 2012 to include sexual orientation.

Out of fear the issue would not pass, gender identity was left off

â??It's very important because gender identity and gender expression is not explicitly put in our policy, so we'd like to say we protect and value of LGBT faculty, staff and students, when actually it's just LGB because we do not include the transgender and gender identity, so I want to make sure we get that added in there,â?? said Sherri Palmer, Professor of Psychology.

Palmer will be presenting the importance of adding gender identity to the policy to Trumanâ??s Board of Directors.

She is also the organizer of Equality Kirksville.

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