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What are those anyway and what does that mean?. Time. . -. June 9, 2014 -Laverne Cox .

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Meeting the Needs of Our Transgender Students

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Meeting the Needs of Our Transgender Students

What are those anyway and what does that mean?Slide2



June 9, 2014 -Laverne Cox

Language and Definitions

Gender Identity:

a person’s internal, deeply felt sense of their gender

Gender Expression:

the manner in which a person expresses their gender identity to the outside world



individuals with a gender identity that is different from the sex assigned to them at


Cisgender (non-transgender):

individuals with a gender identity that is the same as the sex assigned to them at




the process by which a transgender person starts living as the gender with which they identify; can include social, medical, and legal transitioning

Sexual orientation

: a person’s orientation with regard to relationship development and desire; heterosexuality; bisexuality; homosexuality; asexualitySlide4

Transgender Discrimination

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination


In 2011,

the National LGBTQ

Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality surveyed 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals


41% of respondents reported an attempted suicide

78% reported harassment in grades K-12

90% reported harassment or mistreatment on the job

26% lost a job due to being transgender

19% experienced homelessness

53% had been verbally harassed in a place of public accommodation Slide5

Transgender Youth in Schools

42% of transgender students report having been prevented from using their preferred name

59% report being required to use a bathroom or locker room based on their legal sex

31% report having been prevented from wearing clothing of choice

GLSEN, The 2013 National School Climate Survey, 2013.Slide6

Transgender Youth in Schools continued


of transgender youth felt

unsafe in school because of how they expressed their


87% were verbally harassed because of their gender


53% were physically


26% were physically assaulted


, “Harsh

Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools,”



Over 20% of transgender youth report having to drop out of school due to




& Aisha


-Mills, “Beyond

Bullying: How Hostile School Climate Perpetuates the School-to-Prison Pipeline for LGBT Youth,”

Center for American Progress, 2014.Slide7


States with Gender Identity Non-Discrimination



of May 21, 2014)


Rhode Island

New Mexico


Washington, D.C.




New Jersey


States banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (18 states and the District of Columbia)

Laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation (3 states)Slide8

Medical Transition – Gender Dysphoria


Real Life Experience

Hormone Blockers – delay puberty

Cross-gender hormones – masculinize or feminize consistent with gender identity

Surgeries – multitudes including chest/breast, genital (many), FFSSlide9

Medical Associations Support Medical Necessity of Treating Gender Dysphoria

American Medical Association

American Psychiatric AssociationAmerican Psychological Association

Endocrine Society

National Association of Social Workers

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)Slide10



Coy Mathis, a transgender girl who won the right to use the girls restroom at her Colorado elementary schoolSlide12

Coy Mathis and her family on Katie Couric

Jazz Jennings, transgender rights activist and author of the

children’s book

I Am JazzSlide14

Barbara Walters Jazz interview (2nd


Jazz interview about her picture book and life with some excerpts from Barbara Walter’s interview and questions about her dating that are questionable


North Carolina Transgender Bathroom Use Law-2016

Excerpt from the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

“Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence”Slide17

Transgender Needs for DoDea Schools….

What is needed? Can there be approved Training? Is there things already in place?