Today I went to a conference hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois about best school practices for supporting transgender and gender-nonconforming students within the educational system.
The first person to speak was Dr. Randi Ettner, a therapist and transgender specialist, who briefly summarized the difficulties of being a nonconforming student and the issues that arise in the school setting. It was followed by a personal account from a CPS student who gave a moving example authenticating the struggles that come with being a transgender or gender-nonconforming student in today’s school system. The rest of the conference was dedicated to the legal steps that can be taken to ensure that transgender and nonconforming students aren’t discriminated against and the steps school districts can take to ensure their legal rights.
The following link will take you to the ACLU’s webpage for the event, and supplies materials for supporting transgender students in schools: http://www.aclu-il.org/supporting-transgender-students-best-school-practices-for-success-2/
Written by Colin Rathe, a rising senior at Illinois Wesleyan University and CRFC’s summer intern. Views expressed are not necessarily those of CRFC.