10 Things Parents Can Do to Show Their Love and Support for Transgender Students
Today, the Trump Administration announced that it would rescind a vital guidance regarding schools’ obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This crucial guidance was meant to ensure that trans students are treated fairly in public & federally funded schools. Here's how parents of trans youth can help:
- •Focus on Your Local School DistrictFocus on your local school district--check to see if your school district has supportive policies and practices in place to support transgender students with enumerated policies that specifically say gender identity. Even if the DOE/DOJ Guidelines are revoked, school districts can still implement them as a best practice to support their students.
- •Find Other Families with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming StudentsFind other families with transgender and gender non-conforming students so that you have support and a shared sense of community. Many communities have transgender/gender non-conforming parent support groups.
- •Encourage School to Use HRC's Welcoming SchoolsEncourage your local school to use Welcoming Schools books and lesson plans to create a gender expansive school that celebrates every child’s gender diversity and full human potential.
- •Encourage Schools to Provide Professional Development for StaffEncourage your local schools to provide professional development for staff around gender expansive schools and best practices to support transgender and gender non-conforming students.
- •Find Two Supportive Anchor Staff PeopleFind two supportive anchor staff people for your child in their school and work with them to create a gender support plan for your child. Welcoming Schools has certified trainers available nationwide that can come in and train on both of these important topics.
- •Read and Share ResourcesRead and share the Welcoming Schools Resources for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Student Rights.
- •Host an "I Am Jazz" ReadingEncourage people in your local community in schools, libraries etc. to host an "I Am Jazz" reading to generate support and understanding for children of all gender identities.
- •Join or Start a Gay-Straight AllianceEncourage your student to join or start a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) in their middle or high school. These groups can be a critical lifeline for LGBTQ youth and their allies.
- •Be an AllyIf you know a family in your school that has a transgender or gender non-conforming student, ask them how they are doing. Ask if there is any way you can support their child’s well-being or be an advocate in the school for them--- be an ally!
- •Raise AwarenessRaise awareness about the Gavin Grimm case that is going before the Supreme Court on March 28.