For transgender students participating in interscholastic athletics in public schools, OSPI regulations direct school districts to follow policies set forth by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), which state that students should be allowed to participate in physical education and athletic activities in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity.  Low-income individuals, however, may qualify for a fee waiver.An individual must contact the District Court in the county where they reside to obtain the needed forms for a name change.Solicitation of a minor involves a defendant asking or engaging in a conversation with a minor and during the course of that conversation, the defendant asks (or solicits) the minor to meet them for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act.Online solicitation of a minor is a common form of solicitation of a minor, and involves communication through the internet during which the solicitation occurs.However, as technology expanded, so did online solicitation laws.Some laws now include conversations through any electronic messaging services, emails, or text messages.If you are being harassed, intimidated, or bullied in school, keep a record of each incident and report them to your principal or counselor. Department of Education determined that an Illinois school district violated the federal Title IX law by denying a transgender student access to a gender-appropriate locker room. The other way a person can change their name is by court order, which requires the filing of a Petition for Name Change by the requesting individual and the signing of an Order for Name Change by a judge.To talk to someone outside of your school or to get more information on strategies to stop harassment, call the Safe Schools Coalition at 1-877-723-3723 or visit Additionally, the WLAD and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) require public school officials to allow transgender students to wear clothing that matches their gender identity (including at proms), call transgender students by the appropriate name and pronoun, provide transgender students with access to safe and appropriate restrooms and locker rooms (or appropriate alternative places in which to change for gym class), and accommodate transgender athletes. Department of Education clarified in 2014 that under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, public schools and private schools that receive federal funding may not discriminate against transgender students on the basis of their gender expression or identity. A federal appeals court has also held that schools that bar students from using gender identity-appropriate restrooms discriminate based on sex in violation of Title IX. While the process is uniform across Washington counties, counties may charge different fee amounts for a name change.
After an arrest for domestic violence, in Washington State, a No-Contact Order may be issued as a condition of release.
It is important to be aware of the different types of protection orders that are available in the event that you are ever in a position where you either need to seek one or must defend against one brought by another party.
The following is a brief description and comparison of orders in Washington State.* This is a civil order from the court issued at the request of a person claiming to be the victim of domestic violence.
For internet solicitation or online solicitation of a minor, the method of contact must involve some type of online or electronic means.
When this charge first evolved, most states restricted the application to conversations through the Internet, like those in chat rooms.In addition, federal civil rights laws such as Title VII, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in employment, and Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs that receive federal funding, have been applied to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. In 2014, DOJ also announced that Title VII protects people from discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status. Federal agencies have determined that federal civil rights law protect a transgender person’s right to use restrooms and other gender-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity. A federal appeals court has also held that schools that bar students from using gender identity-appropriate restrooms discriminate based on sex in violation of Title IX. Since provisions of the WLAD took effect in 2006, the nondiscrimination policies of Washington public schools have included gender expression and identity. Department of Education issued a joint guidance letter reiterating that Title IX protects transgender people from discrimination and requires schools to allow transgender students to access sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity. It is the ACLU’s position that discrimination or harassment directed at transgender students in public schools may violate the Equal Protection Clause of the federal Constitution, under which we think schools should be held responsible for protecting transgender students from harassment on an equal basis with all other students; the First Amendment, which we think should protect the right of students to dress in accordance with their gender expression or identity; and the Due Process Clause, which we think should protect students’ liberty interest in their personal appearance. In Washington, any person over the age of 18 can choose and use any name they wish, as long as the purpose of the name change is not to commit fraud.