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(p. 219) Advocacy to Support Gender Identity Development in Schools in the Face of Organized Backlash 

(p. 219) Advocacy to Support Gender Identity Development in Schools in the Face of Organized Backlash
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(p. 219) Advocacy to Support Gender Identity Development in Schools in the Face of Organized Backlash
Author(s):

David Fischer

, L. Boyd Bellinger

, Stacey S. Horn

, and Shannon L. Sullivan

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199387656.003.0013
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date: 14 October 2019

Supporting transgender and gender-nonconforming children and adolescents represents a challenge to schools and districts that are not prepared to do so. While much of the conversation focuses on the need for anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies, often what is left out are the support and accommodations necessary that allow transgender and gender-nonconforming children and adolescents to thrive, such as gender-neutral bathrooms, record keeping, name and pronoun usage, and gender-segregated activities. This chapter explores the process used by one safe schools organization in the United States to advocate for inclusive policies and the backlash that ensued when an opposition group began organizing against the passage of the policies. A summary of the process for passing the policies and subsequent organizing efforts to protect the district employee who supported the policies, along with the policies themselves, leads to implications for future organizing efforts.

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