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Transgender and gender non-conforming youth face challenges at home, at school, in foster care, and in juvenile justice systems. A national survey by GLSEN has found that 75% of transgender youth feel unsafe at school, and those who are able to persevere had significantly lower GPAs, were more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and were less likely to plan on continuing their education.

Critically, it is not just hostility from peers that threatens equal opportunity for transgender and gender nonconforming students.

Too often, school officials themselves single out these youth by refusing to respect their gender identity and even punishing them for expressing that identity. For example, 59% of trans students have been denied access to restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Rather than focusing on their education, many students struggle for the ability to come to school and be themselves without being punished for wearing clothes or using facilities consistent with who they are. Some are denied opportunities to go on field trips or participate in sports. Together with bullying and victim-blaming, these conflicts can lead to disproportionate discipline, school pushout, and involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Thanks to the hard work of parents, youth, educators, and state equality advocates, many states and local school districts have adopted anti-discrimination and anti-bullying laws and policies that explicitly include gender identity and expression, as well as developing specific policies and training that spell out what nondiscrimination means for trans students.

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May 13, 2015

Dept. of Education Renews Call to Investigate Anti-Trans Discrimination in Schools

Joined by over 300 transgender and LGBT community members and allies at the National Center for Transgender Equality’s (NCTE) 12th Anniversary Celebration, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Cath

May 5, 2015

VICTORY: Trans Youth Must Be Respected in Federal Job Training Program

Today, the US Department of Labor issued a new policy applying to the 125 Job Corps C

April 15, 2015

"Conversion Therapy" Resolution Aims to Protect LGBTQ Youth

Congresswoman Jackie Speier yesterday reintroduced the Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) Resolution, the first proposed federal action to put an end to so-called “conversion therapy.” The Stop Harming O

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May 14, 2014

Atherton HS: Stand by Trans Students

Atherton High School in Louisville, KY today will discuss whether transgender students have access to restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

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