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"During the late winter of this school year I was contacted by an elementary school principal informing me that the parents of a primary grade student were preparing to assist their child in making a gender transition. Prior to that time we had no experience with transgender issues at the elementary school level. These parents referred us to Kim Pearson as a person who might be able to help us better understand the challenges faced by their family.
One phone call to Ms. Pearson led to a conference call including several district officials. We were unanimous in our belief that Kim was indeed a person with whom we could do business. Several comments made by Kim during these phone calls inspired our confidence, not the least of which was, 'Our goal is to keep your school district out of the national media.' "
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|Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Guide for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth and Families
edited by Emily S. Fisher and Karen Komosa-Hawkins
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This training toolkit is made up of two modules that address bullying in classrooms. Specifically, it is designed to assist teachers in cultivating meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate in the classroom.
|Gender Blog by Darlene Tando, LCSW||
This blog is about gender and all its intricacies… I will be blogging about latest research, reflections from my work with gender non-conforming and transgender clients, as well as information about resources. You may subscribe to this continuing feature and receive updates via email.
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|April 22, 2013 - TYFA President Shannon Garcia announces a major research study of families with transgender children: "...there is a void of research on trans youth. We have an opportunity to tap into information that we really want researchers to know about. We here at TYFA have teamed up with Seth Pardo and Colt Meier who have worked with our very own Dr. Jo Olson to create the anonymous online questionnaire for our parents to complete. High School Seniors who live life fearlessly, follow their dreams and exude our core motto and name, with scholarships.|
|Changing Social Norms in School Starts With a
Conversation:" LGBTQ people are treated as second-class citizens in many schools. Both kids and adults are marginalized by hetero-social norms. Too often, students and faculty alike do not feel they have
the knowledge or skills to handle situations." Author Amy Fabrikant-Egan points out the obvious: the plight of LGBTQ students will not be resolved unless students, parents, teachers and school administrators all join in the discussion. Here's how to get it started.
|November 2, 2011 - Womens Sports Foundation: Participation of Transgender Athletes: The Foundation Position.
"The Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and Title IX’s prohibitions against sex discrimination have both been interpreted by state and federal courts to encompass discrimination based on gender stereotyping, including discrimination against individuals because of their gender identity or expression (i.e. transgender athletes). Therefore, schools may face legal liability if they deny access to such student-athletes, even if no law explicitly addresses the issue."
The position is supported by the Transgender Law and policy institute and NCLRights.org. [Permanently posted in the Educators area.]
|October 29, 2010 - The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) - FACT SHEET: TRANSGENDER & GENDER NONCONFORMING YOUTH IN SCHOOL: Although aimed specifically at students and parents of New Yourk State schools, this document can be a valuable tool when used in the education of educators. A PDF version is available for download.|
|October 14, 2010 - The Huffington Post - Combating Gay Teen Suicide: What Parents Can Do. "Teens want to be like everyone else, and when they see a gay student getting bullied for some perceived difference, they worry that their own differences -- and we all have them -- will be targeted by bullies next." ...Dr. Harold Koplewicz, national leading child and adolescent psychiatrist; president, The Child Mind Institute|
|September 19, 2010 - The Orlando Sentinel: How should schools handle transgender kids? Increasingly, schools are having to wrestle with how to accommodate children who live as the opposite gender. - "As a result, school districts are having to make some controversial changes."|
August 17, 2010 - TeenNick: Groundbreaking Degrassi Episode Is Available Online - The two recently broadcast episodes of Degrassi: The Boiling Point, featuring the story of a transgender student who is accidentally "outed," can now be viewed on the TeenNick website.
|TransYouth Family Allies Resource Documents|
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Although it is uncommon for the media to become aware of a gender variant student, it does happen on occasion. Based on our experience with schools all over the United States, TYFA recommends having in place a plan that includes the following guidelines to assist in minimizing any adverse effects that media attention could have on the learning environment at your school.
Understanding Through Education, K-12
A TYFA Workshop
TransYouth Family Allies is the only National non-profit organization that educates and advocates exclusively for gender variant children and transgender youth. As such, we have unparalleled expertise and experience to draw on when partnering with educational institutions. We have worked with hundreds of schools and organizations, in every type of political climate, all over the United States. This extensive experience allows us to anticipate many of your concerns and to effectively address those that will come up due to your unique environment.
Questions Frequently Asked by Educators
A Schools Guide to Protecting the Privacy Rights of Gender Variant Students
> Note: This document is intended to be used in conjunction with “Understanding Through Education” workshops provided by a TransYouth Family Allies facilitator.
Frequently Asked Questions
This documents is a compliation of questions and answers frequently asked by parents, educators and practioners.
This document is an introduction to language used when discussing the topic of gender variant and transgender children.
How Young Is Too Young
Written by TYFA Advisory Board Member, Reid Vanderburgh, MA this piece addresses the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation as well as the joys and challenges of childhood gender transition.
Difference isn’t wrong…it just is
Excellent introduction to gender variant and transgender children and their families. Feature article by TYFA Executive Director, Kim Pearson, published in The Bottom Line (San Diego, CA), November 2, 2007.
he Ian Benson Project and Amethyst Ribbon Campaign
This is a TYFA program under development which addresses harm reducation and suicide reduction/prevension.
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This important new report, issued by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), contains an in-depth account of the experiences of transgender students.
GLSEN’s fifth biennial National School Climate Survey (NSCS, 2007)
This is the only national survey concerning the school experiences of students who identify as LGBT, show that issues of sexual orientation and gender identity remain a very big deal in our schools, This comprehensive 174-page document demonstrates the urgent need for the education of school administrators nationwide. (10-10-2008)
WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health)
The WPATH Board Committee on Public Policy, Advocacy & Liason has issued a very important statement which lays a strong foundation for removing exclusions for medically necessary health care treatment and insurance coverage for transgender children and adults. (July 18, 2008)
AMA House of Delegates
At the 2008 AMA Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, several items of importance to GLBT persons were approved. Among these was Resolution 122, "Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients..." In addition, physicians are encouraged to post the AMA Non-Discrimination policy prominently in their offices.
American Academy of Pediatrics
This document is excerpted from “Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5-12", Bantam 1999. It was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and briefly illustrates that by age 4, children’s gender identity is stable, and they know they will always be a boy or a girl
To the Beat of a Different Drummer
Source: Contemporary Pediatrics, By: Ellen C. Perrin, MD, Edgardo J. Menvielle, MD, Catherine Tuerk, MA, RN
“A child who is truly ‘gender-variant’ is one who exhibits an ongoing pattern of behavior, not merely a passing interest in the clothes or the preoccupations of the opposite sex.