Presentation on theme: "LGBT of Walworth County"— Presentation transcript:
1 LGBT of Walworth County “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 CampellLGBT of Walworth CountyAdvocating equality for theLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communityThrough: Education * Resources * Outreach * SupportJody Lynn Rendall, Director
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. It’s 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.“What’s really important is that we’re not singling anyone out — that anybody can use that bathroom,” said Rindo.Jody’s 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 it’s a start.
45 Safety and Equality In Schools AdvocatingSafety and Equality In SchoolsNOT “SPECIAL” RIGHTS: EQUAL RIGHTSFrom the Wisconsin Department of Education….“Educators should do all they can to create, foster, and maintaina safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff.”
46 Policies and Education Being ProactiveWithPolicies and Education
47 WISCONSIN ACT 309 Anti-Bullying Policies In All Schools US Hate Crimes ActU.S. Code› Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 13 › § 24918 U.S. Code § Hate crime actsWhoever, 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 SchoolsThis law requires each school board to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying by pupils by August 15, 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 Oregon School District (approved unanimously July 2013) Does your school have a trans-inclusivenon-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 GSAFE’s opinion that this is the clearest and overall best language to use.
49 Presentations In the classroom Medical Professionals Education:Presentations In the classroom& In the communityForStudentsStaffAdministrationSchool BoardParentsMedical Professionals
50 GSAFE Program Director ThursdaySectional 6#72Brian JuchemsGSAFE Program Director
51 GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Tolerance Group or Diversity Group Create aGSA (Gay Straight Alliance)Tolerance Groupor Diversity Groupin your schoolContact local PFLAG Chapters(parents, family, friends for lesbians and gays)
52 Organizations Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction GSAFE (Gay/Straight Alliance for Safe Schools)Lambda LegalForgeUnited States transgender AdvocacyDiverse & ResilliantGender SpectrumPFLAG (Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies of the LGBT Community)GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network)
53 Additional Help For Students Trevor Project (24/7 LGBT Suicide Hotline: )It Gets Better Project (support for LGBTQ youth)The Bully Project (scroll bottom: places to get resources and HELP)
54 Books(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; 2008Diane Ehrensaft, PhD; Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children; The Experiment, LLC, NY; 2011Mary Boenke; Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About transgendered Loved Ones; Walter Trook Publishing, CA; 1999Brown & Rounsley; True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism for Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals; Jossey-Bass Press, CA; 1996General…Jenny Boylan; She’s Not ThereJenny Boylan; I’m Looking Through YouJulia Serano; Whipping GirlHelen Boyd; My Husband, BettyHelen Boyd; She’s Not The Man I Married
55 Books For Younger readers 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; (If you go to Phyllis’s website, you can listen to a wonderful song that accompanies the book.)Jennifer Carr; Be Who You Are!; Author House, IN; 2010Julie Brinkloe; Fireflies!; Aladdin Paperbacks, NY; 1986Cheryl Kilodavis; My Princess Boy; Aladdin, NY; 2011Tomie dePaola; Oliver Button Is A Sissy; Voyager Books, FL; 1979Marcus Ewert; 10,000 Dresses; Seven Stories Press, NY; 2008Books For middle school and teens…Julie Ann Peters; Luna; Little-Brown; 2006Ellen Wittlinger; Parrotfish; Simon and Schuster; 2007Kelly Huegel; GLBTQ: The Survival Guide For Queer And Questioning Teens; Free Spirit Pub; 2003BooksForYoungerreaders
56 It’s the job of society, parents, and helping professionals to not just help the trans/gender nonconforming child survive, but to thrive.
57 What’s between your legs has nothing to do with being male or female The New ParadigmWhat’s between your legs has nothing to do with being male or female