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Transgender Kids: Beyond the Myths

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This is a great presentation by Julie Temple Newhook, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University in Canada. She explains gender diversity in such a thoughtful way and was willing to share her work.

Trans Awareness Week November 11-17th

In a couple of weeks, it will be the national Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender expansive people. There are several ways to get involved.

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November 11 – 17 individuals and organizations around the country will participate Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues these communities face. The final day of Transgender Awareness Week is theTransgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You can read more about Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of remembrance below, and find out how you can participate. More about Transgender Awareness Week >>

Trans People Speak

I AM: Trans People Speak is a campaign created by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and sponsored by GLAAD to raise awareness about the diversity of transgender communities. It aims to lift the voices of transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies. Last year, GLAAD added four videos to the “I AM: Trans People Speak” video series. Watch them now, then share!

http://www.transpeoplespeak.org/

http://www.glaad.org/transawarenessweek

Review of Transparent for Our Family Coalition

TransparentA new review of the hottest tv drama on television (according to Time Magazine) by Sandra Collins, the Executive Director of Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp for Our Family Coalition can be read here:

http://ourfamily.org/blog/

If you haven’t seen it already, do! It’s a great show, but probably for older teens and adults!

Interesting Problematic for “Women’s Colleges”

The New York Times reported on Oct. 15 on the experience of gender expansive students at women’s colleges such as Wellesley. It’s an interesting problematic about what it means to be at a “women’s college” when gender is no longer binary for the administration, fellow students and gender expansive students themselves. There are no clear solutions, with some students who transitioned dropping out and others who remaining and fighting for “siblinghood.”

Mt. Holyoke College advanced a progressive policy of accepting any academically qualified students and Mills will accept anyone who self-identifies as female, even trans women. But this all begs the question of just what is “trans-inclusiveness”? Are women’s colleges exclusionary by nature or can they adapt to be more inclusive? In the end, is there a place for everyone at the seminar table based on their wanting to be there irregardless of their assigned gender, their self-affirmed gender and their subscribed status as students? If women’s colleges evolve to be pro-humanists will they lose their essential character and safe space?19transmen1-master675

New Enforcement of Transgender Student’s Civil Rights in California!

 

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On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 California Downey Unified school district entered into an agreement with U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights after a student filed a complaint against the school district.

Although the student suffered to verbal harassment by both peers and staff at school for wearing make-up, was discouraged for speaking about her gender identity and was suggested to transfer to another school, this is really an affirming ruling as the agreement forces the school to make broad changes to school climate and culture.

Some of the changes include:

  • Working with a consultant on gender identity to address discrimination
  • Having age-appropriate discussions with students about gender identity with assistance of a consultant
  • Treating students as female by allowing access to girl restrooms, sex-segregated facilities and sport teams
  • Ensuring that students are not disci;lined for acting or appearing in a manner that does not conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity
  • Removing disciplinary incidents from student’s records
  • Reviewing policies to ensure equal access to activiites and programs for all students, even those who do not conform to sex stereotypes
  • Conducting mandatory staff training on gender issues
  • Coducting annual parent and student surveys to gauge effectiveness of school climate and anti-bullying efforts

For the full story:

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2014/10/civil_rights_agreement_addresses_treatment_of_transgender_student.html?r=2009832646&cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3&preview=1