Trans Kids Deserve Support
Grappling with trans identity as a young person is hard enough without an unsupportive learning environment. Our schools should be places where trans youth feel comfortable to express themselves, and teachers should be have guidelines for handling specific issues related to trans students. The key phrase in this guidance is "evidence-based" – and the evidence refutes scaremongering that trans students using the bathroom or locker room that aligns with their gender identity will lead to a tsunami of abuse and discomfort. Providing support and guidelines for teachers will also allow them to better mediate any issues that arise, a win-win for everyone. Don't be swayed by anti-trans rhetoric.