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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

July 6, 2018

Everything’s At Stake For Trans People At The Supreme Court

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the Supreme Court when it comes to transgender equality.

July 3, 2018

The Attack On Trans Students’ Rights You Haven’t Heard About

Like every parent, I worry about how my teenage daughter is going to be treated at school and in the world at large.

June 18, 2018

An Open Letter to The Teacher Who Refused To Correctly Gender a Trans Student

One thing has remained true each year I’ve worked in education: Every student has an abundance of unique beliefs, experiences, cultures, passions and fears that lay just below

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