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Name Change and Gender Change Info!!

2 May

A fabulous young woman has put together a website that will certainly be helpful for you or your loved one! Navigating what can be (at best) a very difficult process in legally changing a name and gender markers can be frustrating! This website will help you and yours!

Click the link below and CHECK THIS OUT!!

Transgender and Name Changing Information

It’s About Time We Start to Turn the Train Around!

14 Apr

Our children deserve to be safe and valued while in school! This means being ACCEPTED! Using the restroom that aligns to one’s presentation and personal identity is NECESSARY! Several states and several major cities have ALREADY supported transgender people’s bathroom access for YEARS! It has been proven in the public as well as in schools that already have this as a standard, that using the bathroom that aligns with your identity does NOT have to be a big deal….you walk into the restroom. You do your business.

A major argument that deniers of transfolks using the bathroom of choice is that cisgendered folks (particularly women) will be “in danger”. In a large survey of transgender Americans conducted by the Williams Institute in 2013, it was concluded that 70% of respondents have been either denied access, harassed, or even assaulted in public bathrooms. So it isn’t cisgender people who are going to suffer at the hands of transgender people using the bathroom – it’s the opposite way around! Trans people just want to use the bathroom in peace, but too often, it can become a dangerous situation.

I am hopeful that decisions like the one outlined in the article below will help turn the “fear” train around!!

Check out this article:
Federal Judge Sides with Transgender Teen in Challenge Over School Locker Rooms

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EXCELLENT Article

26 Mar

http://educator.cta.org/i/795366-march-2017/21

What a fabulous article! Consider reading this and passing this along to educators you know!

“Ongoing learning is key. Educators need to engage in regular professional development to build a school climate that avoids gender stereotyping and affirms the gender of all children. Every child has the right to learn in a safe and accepting school environment. And supporting gender expansive students gives schools an opportunity to help all children succeed.”

Fabulous Resource

22 Nov

This is one to bookmark if you have transgender school age children and are trying to navigate the system!! Please check this out:

Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools

California Prison to Pay for Gender Reassignment Surgery

23 Aug

The California prison system has agreed to pay for gender reassignment surgery for inmate, Shiloh Quine.
Corrections officials say her “gender dysphoria” can be treated only with surgery and is a medical necessity. Read all about it! http://eeditionmobile.latimes.com/Olive/Tablet/LATimes/SharedArticle.aspx?href=LAT%2F2015%2F08%2F10&id=Ar01901

Supporting our Children- Making Advances!

25 May

I live in the Los Angeles area. We have a FABULOUS family group support through the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.  Many e-mails are exchanged by the members of this support group to plan events for the children, schedule support meetings, or to share articles and concerns.

This past week, there was a flurry of such e-mails discussing an upcoming local community’s Board of Education meeting. The Board was about to vote on whether transgender students would be able to use the restroom based on the gender they identify with. I am discouraged and saddened to share that the families that attended that meeting were faced with ugly hatred as several adults spoke to deny transgender access to bathrooms of choice. However, thanks to local PFLAG support, an Episcopalian priest, a teacher from the local high school  and courageous and vocal parents and their awesome trans-teen that were willingness to speak openly and honestly, the vote passed in support! These may be small advances, but they are moves in the right direction! This is how change works!

You can read a local article here:

http://www.toacorn.com/news/2015-05-21/Schools/Board_establishes_protections_for_transgender_stud.html

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CA Bill to Ensure the Well- Being of Transgender Students

16 Mar

CA Bill to Ensure the Well- Being of Transgender Students

Okay- let’s not be mistaken- this is not as specific an assembly bill as THIS “transmom” would write…but with that said, the “School Success and Opportunity Act, Assembly Bill 1266” is a breath of fresh air! We are talkin’ the beginnings of legal equal access….and for the part that it addresses- the bill speaks DIRECTLY to our students’ needs!! Does it mention bathroom accessibility? Hmm- nope…but it does say the word, “facilities”. If nothing else, I would imagine this will help pave the way from which bathroom choice would be more successfully argued? I am wondering if the bill’s authors, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Senator Mark Leno and Senator Ricardo Lara considered it might be more difficult to pass if they just came out and wrote, “full access to the bathroom of a student’s choice”. Is the bill more “palatable” and therefore, easier to pass by noting, “facilities” and not specifying what kind?

My greatest dream is that parents like Leslie Lagerstrom (whose story about meeting her son Sam’s teachers) will no longer have to fear having their children attend school. ALL of our children SHOULD be able to delight confidently in learning safely throughout their school careers! Assembly Bill 1266- let’s get started!

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. Section 221.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

221.5. (a) It is the policy of the state that elementary and secondary school classes and courses, including nonacademic and elective classes and courses, be conducted, without regard to the sex of the pupil enrolled in these classes and courses.
(b) A school district may not prohibit a pupil from enrolling in any class or course on the basis of the sex of the pupil, except a class subject to Chapter 5.6 (commencing with Section 51930) of

Part28 of Division 4 of Title 2 .
(c) A school district may not require a pupil of one sex to enroll in a particular class or course, unless the same class or course is also required of a pupil of the opposite sex.
(d) A school counselor, teacher, instructor, administrator, or aide may not, on the basis of the sex of a pupil, offer vocational or school program guidance to a pupil of one sex that is different from that offered to a pupil of the opposite sex or, in counseling a pupil, differentiate career, vocational, or higher education opportunities on the basis of the sex of the pupil counseled. Any
school personnel acting in a career counseling or course selection capacity to a pupil shall affirmatively explore with the pupil the possibility of careers, or courses leading to careers, that are nontraditional for that pupil’s sex. The parents or legal guardian of the pupil shall be notified in a general manner at least once in the manner prescribed by Section 48980, in advance of career counseling and course selection commencing with course selection for grade 7 so that they may participate in the counseling sessions and decisions.
(e) Participation in a particular physical education activity or sport, if required of pupils of one sex, shall be available to pupils of each sex.
(f) A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, consistent with his or her gender identity,
irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.