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What is Your School’s Transgender Policy?

What is your school transgender policy? Does it even have a transgender policy? If not, maybe it’s time for parents to insist one is developed.

Pittsburgh Brashear High School has recently implemented a transgender policy that could serve as a model for schools across Pittsburgh, and across the country.
“Even if it’s just one kid, you have to have a policy to make sure that kid’s rights are respected and that kid is safe in school,” said Mr. Browne, a teacher at Pittsburgh Brashear High School and an adviser for the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
Brashear’s policies address restrooms, […]

By |September 13th, 2015|Commentary, Education|Comments Off on What is Your School’s Transgender Policy?

How to Shut Down Anti-Trans Concern Trolls

Have you met a concern troll? A concern troll is someone who poses as a potential ally, just seeking information, but they are really a critic. An anti-trans concern troll might say something like, “Transgender people often regret…” or “We don’t know the long term effects of puberty blockers on children… .”

It can be difficult to talk to concern trolls because while they are posing as a seeming ally, their actual goal is to undermine your cause. The anti-trans concern troll will find a way bring up reasons why trans people shouldn’t receive health care, or support, or myriad other […]

By |September 12th, 2015|Commentary, Education|Comments Off on How to Shut Down Anti-Trans Concern Trolls

Back to School: How Teachers Can Support Your Transgender Students

 

Back to school season can already be a scary time for parents sending their kids off to a new classroom, new teachers, new environment, but it’s even more nerve wracking for parents of  transgender and gender fluid students.

How will the teacher respond to my child? How will the students? What do I say? When do I say it?

We’ve found this incredibly helpful resource for teachers of transgender students — Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students  in K-12 Schools.

This guide is sponsored by the ACLU, Gender Spectrum, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Center for Lesbian […]

By |August 27th, 2015|Education|Comments Off on Back to School: How Teachers Can Support Your Transgender Students

Caitlyn Jenner Honored at the ESPYs (VIDEO)

If you haven’t seen the video of Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, it’s worth a watch. The full segment is long, but before Caitlyn accepts the award there is a mini-documentary detailing Jenner’s transition from Bruce to Caitlyn. She tells the story of her journey from the best athlete in the world to high-profile TV celebrity, all while hiding her true identity. Caitlyn’s story is powerful, but one of the most touching parts of the story is the support from her mother and her children in the audience.
Watch: Caitlyn Jenner ESPYs

By |July 20th, 2015|Inspirational|Comments Off on Caitlyn Jenner Honored at the ESPYs (VIDEO)

Nature vs Nurture: Studies Show a Biological Origin of Gender Dysphoria

Is it nature or nurture? It’s a common question, and one posed by a Fox News commentator who was criticizing the California bill that allows transgender youth to use whatever bathroom and join whichever sports team they feel matches their gender identity.

Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow said, “I am not convinced by any science I can find that people with definitively male DNA and definitively male anatomy can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature because they are actually female.”

What is the response to Ablow or anyone else questioning the origin of gender dysphoria? It’s a well-informed […]

By |July 6th, 2015|Commentary|Comments Off on Nature vs Nurture: Studies Show a Biological Origin of Gender Dysphoria

John Oliver: Transgender Rights

By |July 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on John Oliver: Transgender Rights

Pride in Santa Cruz–WHAT AN EVENT!

Santa Cruz Pride 2015 – Family, Friends and Lots of Love
 

Heidi here riding high from today’s Pride 2015 in Santa Cruz. What an amazing day it was.

Our support group walked in the parade for the third year in a row. Every year we walk I am just in awe of our LGBTQ community and its allies. Such love, support and acceptance – present in everyone and the feeling of community that’s generated by this amazing group of people.

We had more than 20 people walk from our group. A few of those were new parents to our support group (brave […]

By |June 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pride in Santa Cruz–WHAT AN EVENT!

What Bruce Jenner Can Teach Us All About Authenticity

This is a video by Lex Beatty, a thought-provoking piece based on the critics who managed to find fault in “how” Bruce Jenner is following his personal path through transition.

 

By |June 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Bruce Jenner Can Teach Us All About Authenticity

One of Our Transgender Kids Has Written a Book: I am Jazz

[originally published by Heidi Kronowski in Sept 2014]

Jazz Jennings is sharing her real-life experiences in her very personal story about having a girl’s brain in a boy’s body.

You may have seen Jazz on the Oprah Winfrey Network, 20/20 Specials with Barbara Walters and the Rosie O’Donnell Show. My family first saw Jazz and her family on a 20/20 Special about six years ago. Believe it or not, that show was my first introduction to what transgender was all about.

As we watched, I saw so much courage and strength and love in that family, that I knew what I had to […]

By |May 20th, 2015|Inspirational|Comments Off on One of Our Transgender Kids Has Written a Book: I am Jazz