support for trans and non binary youth safety
As a counselor, I am privy to numerous private conversations from LGBTQUIA youth who are in the process of expressing their gender identity. These students are incredibly vulnerable and must be guaranteed safe spaces to come out when they want, to whom they want. Their gender must be their identification and protocols must align with their identities. Their names must be their vibrant,alive names versus dead names. Their pronouns must be based upon individual choosing and this must be honored on public forms, in person, virtually and on licenses. Trans and nonbinary rights are human rights. LGBTQIA youth are inherently some of the bravest, strongest and most tenacious humans I have encountered. They deserve respect, love and protection from those who would harm them. I fully support all legal protections socio-emotional resources for all LGBTQIA youth.