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Transgender and gender non-conforming youth face challenges at home, at school, in foster care, and in juvenile justice systems. A national survey by GLSEN has found that 75% of transgender youth feel unsafe at school, and those who are able to persevere had significantly lower GPAs, were more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and were less likely to plan on continuing their education.

Critically, it is not just hostility from peers that threatens equal opportunity for transgender and gender nonconforming students.

Too often, school officials themselves single out these youth by refusing to respect their gender identity and even punishing them for expressing that identity. For example, 59% of trans students have been denied access to restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Rather than focusing on their education, many students struggle for the ability to come to school and be themselves without being punished for wearing clothes or using facilities consistent with who they are. Some are denied opportunities to go on field trips or participate in sports. Together with bullying and victim-blaming, these conflicts can lead to disproportionate discipline, school pushout, and involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Thanks to the hard work of parents, youth, educators, and state equality advocates, many states and local school districts have adopted anti-discrimination and anti-bullying laws and policies that explicitly include gender identity and expression, as well as developing specific policies and training that spell out what nondiscrimination means for trans students.

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From the Blog

June 10, 2020

Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe and Other Athletes Tell NCAA: Move 2021 Events in Idaho due to Anti-Trans Law

Civil rights, women’s rights and sports groups, as well as a number of athletes, sent letters today urging the National Collegiate Athletics Association to move the 2021

May 28, 2020

Trump Administration Threatens Conn. Schools’ Funding to Ban Transgender Students from School Sports

The Trump administration continues to target transgender students even as the country has passed the sad milestone of more than 100,000 deaths from the COVID-19 crisis.

May 18, 2020

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One of the things that NCTE and the NCTE Action Fund is probably best known for is our extensive work on federal policy and our advocacy at the national level.

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