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1 To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. --E.E. Cummings The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. -- Joseph Campell LGBT of Walworth County Advocating equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community Through: Education * Resources * Outreach * Support Jody Lynn Rendall, Director



4 The Ancient Paradigm Men have penises, Women have vaginas Men are men, Women are women

5 In The Beginning

6 6-12 weeks 16 weeks sexual characteristics ~birth sex Gender Core ~Gender Identity ~Gender Expression ~Sexual Orientation Chemicals Hormones Genetics You

7 Birth Sex MaleFemale Intersex

8 Yes No Are there dangly bits? Boy Girl

9 Gender Core { Orientation Identity Sex Expression







16 Who you go to bed with Who you go to bed as IDENTITY ORIENTATION










26 Issues Facing Todays Gender Nonconforming/ Trans Children

27 Denial Family~Friends ~ School Community~Clubs~Organizations

28 Bathrooms Dionne Melokowski Chrissy Polis

29 transgender student Nicole Maines, pictured in this June 2013 court hearing. School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, Maine's highest court has ruled. Denver: A Colorado civil rights panel has ruled that a suburban Colorado Springs school district likely discriminated against Coy Mathis when it prevented her from using the girls' bathroom. AUGUST 2013, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender kindergarten-through-12th grade students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.

30 A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would prevent transgender students from using bathroom facilities of their choice. Rather than allowing transgender students to use facilities set aside for the gender they identify with, schools would be required to provide additional bathrooms for transgender students who desire one or whose families request one.


32 OCONOMOWOC (WITI) A transgender elementary student in Oconomowoc has sparked a change in school policy regarding using the bathroom. Its an issue the district is dealing with for the first time. Concerns were brought to the attention of faculty and staff on Friday, September 6th after a transgender student at Summit Elementary School used the female bathroom while another student was inside. Said Superintendent Roger Rindo, Student confidentiality is our primary concern. After complaints from parents, the Oconomowoc School District has made a decision to provide a unisex bathroom at each school in the district. Whats really important is that were not singling anyone out that anybody can use that bathroom, said Rindo. Jodys view: trans-students are still being told they must use a specific bathroom. They have no choice. Their true genders are not being recognized. And, this will still single them out. Special bathrooms are stop-gap measures at best. That said, at least its a start.

33 Coming Out

34 he she




38 Bullying

39 Dating



42 Suicide Mindy Fabian August 23, 1995 - October 13, 2013 RACINE – Alexis Rose Lopez-Brandies, 14, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Lexi was born in Racine on February 7,


44 Murder Angie Zapata Freddy Martinez Brandon Teena

45 From the Wisconsin Department of Education…. Educators should do all they can to create, foster, and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff. NOT SPECIAL RIGHTS: EQUAL RIGHTS


47 US Hate Crimes Act U.S. CodeU.S. Code Title 18 Part I Chapter 13 § 249Title 18Part IChapter 13 18 U.S. Code § 249 - Hate crime acts Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B) or paragraph (3), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person WISCONSIN ACT 309 Anti-Bullying Policies In All Schools This law requires each school board to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying by pupils by August 15, 2010. The school board may adopt the model policy to be developed by the department of public instruction (DPI) (see below). The school board shall provide a copy of the policy to any person who requests it. Annually, the school board shall distribute the policy to all pupils enrolled in the school district and to their parents or guardians.

48 Does your school have a trans-inclusive non-discrimination policy? Oregon School District (approved unanimously July 2013) Federal law prohibits discrimination with respect to religion, race, color, national origin, sex, age and handicap. State law prohibits discrimination also with respect to ancestry, color, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record and military service. In addition, the Board prohibits discrimination or harassment based on transgender status including gender expression, gender identity and gender non- conformity. NOTE: It is GSAFEs opinion that this is the clearest and overall best language to use.




52 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction GSAFE (Gay/Straight Alliance for Safe Schools) Lambda Legal Forge United States transgender Advocacy Diverse & Resilliant Gender Spectrum PFLAG (Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies of the LGBT Community) GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) Organizatio ns

53 Trevor Project (24/7 LGBT Suicide Hotline: 866 488-7386) It Gets Better Project (support for LGBTQ youth) The Bully Project (scroll bottom: places to get resources and HELP)

54 (Those identifying as trans or gender non-conforming owe it to themselves to learn as much as possible) Books for educators, parents, and helping professionals… Brill & Pepper; The transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals; Cleis Press, Inc, CA; 2008 Diane Ehrensaft, PhD; Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender- Nonconforming Children; The Experiment, LLC, NY; 2011 Mary Boenke; Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About transgendered Loved Ones; Walter Trook Publishing, CA; 1999 Brown & Rounsley; True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism for Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals; Jossey-Bass Press, CA; 1996 General… Jenny Boylan; Shes Not There Jenny Boylan; Im Looking Through You Julia Serano; Whipping Girl Helen Boyd; My Husband, Betty Helen Boyd; Shes Not The Man I Married

55 A huge list of books on this website: Picture books for young people of all ages… Phyllis Rothblatt, MFT; All I Want To Be Is Me; 2011 (If you go to Phylliss website, you can listen to a wonderful song that accompanies the book.) Jennifer Carr; Be Who You Are!; Author House, IN; 2010 Julie Brinkloe; Fireflies!; Aladdin Paperbacks, NY; 1986 Cheryl Kilodavis; My Princess Boy; Aladdin, NY; 2011 Tomie dePaola; Oliver Button Is A Sissy; Voyager Books, FL; 1979 Marcus Ewert; 10,000 Dresses; Seven Stories Press, NY; 2008 Books For middle school and teens… Julie Ann Peters; Luna; Little-Brown; 2006 Ellen Wittlinger; Parrotfish; Simon and Schuster; 2007 Kelly Huegel; GLBTQ: The Survival Guide For Queer And Questioning Teens; Free Spirit Pub; 2003

56 Its the job of society, parents, and helping professionals to not just help the trans/gender nonconforming child survive, but to thrive.

57 The New Paradigm Whats between your legs has nothing to do with being male or female


59 CeCe McDonald

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