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Obama Administration Warns Schools To Allow Transgender Access To Bathrooms

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics

The Obama administration on Friday told schools and colleges nationwide they must allow transgender students access to bathrooms consistent with their...

Tyler Kingkade

Religious Colleges Are Getting Legal Permission To Discriminate | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.28.2014 | College

The U.S. Department of Education has granted exemptions to three Christian universities allowing the schools to deny accommodations for transgender st...

An Open Letter to Katherine Svenson of the Delta County School Board

Dannie Dobbins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dannie Dobbins

As a transgender student and a GLSEN Student Ambassador, I am deeply hurt by the statements that you made. Your word choice was not only vulgar, but very offensive. You are dehumanizing transgender students and stripping the legitimacy of their perceptions of themselves.

My Letter to the Trustees of the La Feria Schools on the Handling of Jeydon Loredo's Yearbook Photo

Isaac Ruiz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Isaac Ruiz

Jeydon is, from the point of view of his family and his health provider, a young man. But the school has presented Jeydon with a Hobson's choice: If he agrees to dress as a woman, he will be untrue to himself and basically agree that there is something wrong with being who he is.

Why Transgender People Belong in Your Bathrooms

Rye Silverman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rye Silverman

We exist, and there is nothing scary or dangerous about us. We don't just belong in your spaces; they are our spaces too. We belong.

I Stand With the Transgender Children of California... Do You?

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

We need the full resources of every LGBT organization in the country. We need all our self-proclaimed allies to start speaking up, calling out those who deal in falsehoods and half-truths. We need to educate the public. I'm going to.

Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marianne Mollmann

Dress codes facilitate abuse, first by enforcing the notion that there is a "right" and a "wrong" way to dress, and that transgressers can and should be punished, and secondly by normalizing the punishment. There is no legitimate reason for this.

The Fundamentals of Transphobia

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

The opposition is very confused about the differences between sex and gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. But the problem is more fundamental: Most Americans do not have a basic understanding of human biology and reflexively equate "biology" and "sex" with genitals.

Safe Schools for LGBTQ Youth

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

LGBTQ youth experience relentless physical and verbal harassment, and now, with online bullying, there is no escape. It is 24/7. If LGBTQ youth aren't safe at home, and they aren't safe in their place of worship, shouldn't they be safe at school?

The Coming Storm: 'Controversial' Transgender Stories

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

In the coming year, as A.B. 1266 goes into effect in California, be prepared to read a lot of stories like this: "Local Transgender Student Provokes Mixed Reactions," about the "controversy" surrounding news that a transgender student would begin attending school presenting as a girl.

Transgender Students Have New Rights in California

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation allowing transgender students in California to have access to the sports teams and facilities that correspond with their gender identity. This is a critically important move. Let me offer some insight from a trans woman's point of view.

What a Kindergartener Can Teach You About Gender Identity

Beth Kohm | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Beth Kohm

About six months ago my 6-year-old, Joshua, asked, "Mom, what is 'transgender'?" I explained as best as I could, but I also said that it's a very complicated topic that sometimes even grownups struggle with. Joshua thought about it for a moment and then issued his surprising response.

Success and Opportunity for Transgender Students

Judy Chiasson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Chiasson

By making sure that transgender students can be themselves at school, A.B. 1266 will enrich the diversity of California's schools and, ultimately, the lives of all our students. I know this firsthand. The Los Angeles Unified School District has had a similar approach in place for almost a decade.

7 Goals Of Trans Activism

Autumn Sandeen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Autumn Sandeen

There are whys to transgender activism, but beyond the whys, there are the whats of transgender activism: the goals. Here are seven goals of trans activism, with some explanation as to why these are trans activism goals.

To Go, Or Not To Go, That Is The Question

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

For my transgender child and thousands like him, the simple act of relieving themselves in a public restroom at their school is a source of stress, confusion, violence, endless meetings and even lawsuits, just because they identify with a gender that differs from their biology.

Remaining Hopeful After A Disappointing Court Decision, But How Do I Tell My Daughter?

Wayne Maines | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Maines

Last week, after five years of struggle, pain, hard work and hope, a Superior Court judge ruled that the Orono school system did not violate the Maine Human Rights Act when it prohibited my daughter Nicole from using the restroom that matches her gender identity.

Aurora School Board Repeals Protections For Trans Students

Posted 10.20.2012 | Chicago

Story by Jason Carson Wilson, courtesy of Windy City Times: East Aurora School District 131 now has no procedures to help keep transgender students...

Science, Not Politics, Needs To Guide Policies Protecting Trans Youth

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Earlier this week the East Aurora School District passed a policy that would provide key supports to trans youth. Soon thereafter the Illinois Family Institute urged people to complain about the policy, and today the East Aurora school district might very well rescind that protective policy.

School District Under Fire For Policy Supporting Trans Students

Posted 10.19.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of Windy City Times: An Aurora school district is taking heat for a new policy intended to make transgender and gende...

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Nel, 18, From New Jersey (PHOTO)

Diana Scholl | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diana Scholl


Elementary Schools, Transgender Kids And Educator Freak-Outs

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

For the past few years we have had an increasing number of elementary schools contact us with reports that their teachers and school staff were "freaking out." The cause for alarm? The new enrollment of a transgender child or the gender transition of an already-enrolled student.

Acknowledging LGBT's 'T'

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh A. Goodman

The reality is that while bullying, school environments, and related outcomes have a long way to go for lesbian, gay, and bisexual students, the distance is even further for transgender students. We need to be having a discussion about that.