The 2021 document did not take power away from parents, or mandate the deciet of parents without cause. It did, however, prioritize the student - their safety and comfort, and create an environment where they could learn and do their best without fear or the added stress of being something they are not.
Conversations between the student and school regarding gender or orientation I included the opportunity to ask whether they were supported at home. If the parents are witting, and supportive of their child, whether they agree or not with the change, the parents may be included in the conversation. A parent who listens to and cares about their child would likely not need that Information withheld. And on the other hand, a child who felt endangered either psychologically or physically by sharing the information with that parent would have the opportunity and the safe space to be who they were, without the trauma and abuse that might otherwise follow if their parents were notified.
Let our kids be who they are without threatening their (physical or psychological) safety — just like we feed kids who might might not get meals otherwise, let’s make School the place where they know they are not at risk for being themselves.
Show all students what inclusivity looks like and the benefits to society when people are free to do their best and bring their whole selves to the task.
Find ways or language to help families where there does not seem to be support for these kids to reconcile who they are with their families … in a safe, thoughtful way, not blindly report on them
Encourage all kids to be their best selves. Their whole selves. And to help others be their best selves— that’s how we make progress.
Encourage education for families on what LBGTQ looks like and can mean for families and kids, and offer mediation that might help bring us closer together