Religious Colleges Obtain Waivers to Law That Protects Transgender Students – The New York Times:
“More than two dozen religiously affiliated colleges and universities across the United States have received exemptions from the federal civil rights protections provided under Title IX since 2014, documents show, waivers that activists said allow them to discriminate against students and employees on the basis of categories like sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Deal for transgender student now in question amid ‘bad faith’ claims – Chicago Tribune:
“Just one day after a suburban school board approved a historic agreement to settle a transgender student’s claims of discrimination, the district is now threatening to retract the settlement with the federal government amid accusations that the agency acted in ‘bad faith.'”
Mummy, what does cisgender mean? – Macleans.ca:
“Silverberg is posing big questions at a crucial time. In the age of Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce) and Orange is The New Black’s trans star, Laverne Cox, trans awareness is slowly filtering down to younger ages; Stealth, the story of a 12-year-old transgender girl, screened this year at the TIFF Kids Film Festival. This week TLC launched I Am Jazz, a show starring 14-year-old transgender activist and author Jazz Jennings.”
Trans Education Campaign Launched Ahead of Expected Anti-Trans Initiative – Frontiers Media:
“Invitations went out Tuesday, May 27, to about 150 LGBT and allied civil rights and faith organizations asking for participation in an important new statewide public education campaign ‘to combat widespread public misunderstanding about transgender and gender nonconforming people and the issues they face,’ say the Transgender Law Center and the Equality California Institute in a press release.
The new coalition partners underscore that the effort ‘is independent of work on any political or legislative campaign and exists solely to change attitudes towards transgender Californians through research and education.’”
I’m sitting here thinking about what to post; there has been so much bad news recently and as much as I hate to admit it, my simply reposting the information isn’t doing anything to alleviate the problems. I know I cannot get out and march anywhere, nor can I organize a protest or vigil. What I can do is to reach out through my writing and make people aware of one simple fact, I and all transgender individuals are human beings. Regardless of how someone may feel about the choices we make in life, we have a right to not only live but to do so with dignity.
I’m not sure how much I can add to the conversation, but I have to try.
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The first step to enlightenment is understanding what your talking about. Here’s a list of definitions for “Transsexualism” from around the web.
How teachers can support transgender students | Teacher Network | The Guardian:
Research shows 90% of primary and secondary school staff have had no training to support LGBT students. Teacher Allie George explores how to make your classroom safe and inclusive