Posts Tagged "safe schools"

Trans-Parenting Podcast Episode 7: How to Create a Trans-Inclusive School

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 in Podcast | 0 comments

https://traffic.libsyn.com/transparenting/TransParenting_Podcast_E7.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSSWhat should a school do to become transgender-inclusive? I recently gave the keynote address to the NEA’s GLBT Caucus during their annual dinner telling our not-so-great experience with a school and offering tips on how they could begin creating a safe and affirming space for trans and gender non-conforming students within their schools. You can read the transcript of the speech in the previous blog post, but for those who like podcasts or prefer to hear inflections of a speaker’s voice, this...

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Speech to the NEA GLBT Caucus about creating supportive schools

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Education Issues | 2 comments

I’m in Washington, D. C. today after having delivered the keynote address at the NEA GLBT Caucus dinner, an impressively large event that takes place during the NEA’s national conference each year. It began with 10 teachers a couple of decades ago, and last night more than 940 education professional attended! Several people introduced themselves to me last night by saying, “I’ve never taken notes during a speech at a dinner before until tonight.” Other’s said they couldn’t write things down quickly enough and asked if I could put the speech online for easy reference. I’m glad it had such a profound impact on the audience....

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Trans-Parenting Podcast Episode 3: Statistics of What Life is Like for Transgender Students

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 in Podcast | 2 comments

https://traffic.libsyn.com/transparenting/TransParenting_Podcast_E3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSSIn Episode 3 of the Trans-Parenting Podcast we go over some frightening statistics about what transgender students deal with in schools, suicide and self-harm, and the difference having a supportive family can make.   Show Notes: Most of the statistics in the episode come from the 2011 survey of LGBT students conducted by GLSEN. You can download and read the full report Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools here.   Hey, friends! We’re now on...

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Happy Tears

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 in Advocacy | 0 comments

Crying happy tears. I just read the best message from the woman I was arguing with on the Lila news story a couple of days ago. She apologized for being ignorant and hateful, said she’s spent the last day reading and learning, and now she would be completely comfortable with her daughters being in a locker room with a transgender girl. This is why I engage in these conversations online. As frustrating and hurtful as they can be, you never know when they will make a difference. This is how allies are made. This makes the sad, angry, and frustrated tears worth it. How did the conversation go, you may be asking? Here’s my part of the conversation. (The woman...

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Making Schools Safe for Transgender Children

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 in Education Issues | 0 comments

We are fortunate that by homeschooling our kids, we don’t have to worry about unsupportive administrations, mishandled paperwork, or other children (or their parents) bullying our AJ and her brother. But for a lot of parents, their children are already in a school system when they come out as transgender and start their transition. So what can you do as a parent to ensure your child is safe in a school? You have a few options. First, you must decide if your child will stay in their current school or if you will transfer to a different school in the district. If your child wants to be stealth, changing schools is probably the only way to make that happen. I have...

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