State Laws and Legislation

Washington School Laws

Protects transgender students? No
The 2002 safe schools bill does not make explicit mention of gender identity-based harassment, intimidation or bullying. It is unclear whether gender identity-motivated harassment could be actionable under any of the categories addressed by the safe schools law as currently written. Those categories are "race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical or sensory handicap." 2002 Wa. ALS 207; Rev. Code Wash. (ARCW) § 9A.36.080 (2002).


Protects gay and lesbian students? Yes
In 2002, Washington state enacted a safe schools bill aimed at prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying based on sexual orientation, among other characteristics. 2002 Wa. ALS 207.

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Updated: Tue, March 13, 2007 - 11:00:44