How to advocate for the safety of trans students at school
Things to do:
Prior to the start of school, meet with school administrators to work out a plan to ensure safety and to check for attitudes and biases of the school environment.
Take information about LGBTQ and trans specific issues.
Provide statistics about the experiences of school-age trans children.
Request separate change rooms and gender neutral washrooms if they do not exist.
Request that students be allowed to attend physical education classes according to their gender identity rather than biological sex.
Request that all staff respect and use the child’s chosen name and use of pronouns.
Connect with the Gay-Straight Alliance in the school to make introductions and show support and solidarity.
Check in with the trans youth regularly to ensure their school experience is supportive.[Adapted from Child Welfare League of America & Lambda Legal (2006). Out of the Margins. A Report on Regional Listening Forums Highlighting the Experiences of LGBTQ Youth in Care.]