Columbia Board of Education files grant for gender-affirming placard


The Columbia Board of Education withdrew a grant application for a gender-affirming closet on Monday night, so students could revise the proposal.

When the proposal is reviewed, the board will consider a grant application to pay for a gender-affirming placard at Rock Bridge High School.

The board thought it would be best to give the students more time to work with the district administration to perfect the application.

The closet would include clothes for LGBTQ+ students who might not feel comfortable wearing those clothes at home.

The Rock Bridge High School Gay Straight Alliance is asking the It Gets Better Project for $10,000 to pay for the closet.

GSA members said in the application form that they were suspicious of the parents’ refusal and hoped that if approved, the closet would be placed in Rock Bridge and not the district administration building, which has already been produced in the past with the school’s “Cinderella cupboard”. ” used for prom dresses.

The long-term goal is to open the closets in each of the four Columbia Public Schools high schools.

The GSA said the closet is a way to ensure that every high school student has access to resources that can give them confidence and security.

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