Strongly Support Model Policy
Every kid should feel safe at school regardless of their gender identity or gender expression. The statistics listed in the policy document demonstrate the harm that discrimination against transgender youth causes:
"A 2019 national survey by GLSEN found that 84 percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school, and those who experience victimization have significantly lower GPAs, are more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and are less likely to plan on continuing their education (Kosciw, Clark, Truong, & Zongrone, 2020). Compared to their cisgender and heterosexual peers, LGBTQ+ youth report much higher rates of depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use, and lower self-esteem. LGBTQ+ youth of color may experience additional stress and adverse effects as a result of their intersecting identities, facing both bias against their gender identity or expression as well as racism" (pg. 9).
"Furthermore, a recent study found that socially transitioned transgender children who are supported in their gender identity have no elevations in depression and only minimal elevations in anxiety relative to population averages (Olson, Durwood, DeMeules, & McLaughlin, 2016)"(pg. 9).