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Supporting Trans and GNC Students

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According to GLSEN research, compared to other students in the LGBTQ community, transgender and genderqueer students face more hostile school climates. So, too, do gender non-conforming (GNC) students, whose gender expression does not align to traditional gender norms. To learn more, see GLSEN's full research report and webinar on trans student experiences, and our report on trans students and school facilities, co-authored with Movement Advancement Project.

Transgender Awareness Week from November 14 to 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience on November 20, and Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31 are important moments for trans inclusion, to create safe and inclusive schools for trans students. But making school trans-inclusive is a year-round effort.

Below is a wealth of resources that center trans and gender non-conforming students and educators. These resources share personal experiences and can help students and educators learn about gender diversity, pronoun visibility, trans students' rights, and inclusive curriculum and GSA practices.

     

       

      

Looking for more? This educator webinar and GSA guide go deeper into how to support trans and non-binary students.

Trans and GNC Voices

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Gender and Pronouns

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At the foundation of trans inclusion in school is an understanding of gender. GLSEN's gender terminology guide and visual can help educators and students learn and lead discussions that can foster understanding of diverse genders.

Part of this understanding is recognizing the importance of gender pronouns. Learn more by exploring GLSEN's pronoun resource, and offer pronoun buttons to make your school more trans-inclusive. You can also download and print pronoun stickers (he, she, they, blank) on Avery 5390 labels.

 

Trans Rights

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Trans-inclusive school policies are critical to creating school environments that are safe and supportive for trans students. These tools can help you in advocating for these policies:

To learn more about trans students' rights, see GLSEN and ACLU's Know Your Rights guide. If you face harassment or discrimination at school, make sure to #ClaimYourRights and report complaints to the U.S. Department of Education.

Classroom and GSA Activities

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Trans students, like all students, thrive when they see themselves reflected at school. This means teaching lessons and activities that include and represent trans identities both in the curriculum and in meetings of LGBTQ student clubs. 

Try out these activities:

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