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ERIC Number: EJ863349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Transgender Youth
Ludeke, Micah
Principal Leadership, v10 n3 p12-16 Nov 2009
"Transgender" is an umbrella term for people who self-identify as other than their birth sex (male or female). The exploration of gender nonconformance occurs among people across all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. Transgender or questioning students may have unique challenges and stressors in their daily lives, including school. Often, educators and other school professionals can work with those students to address challenges and facilitate the students' safe participation in all school activities while supporting their exploration of or decisions about their gender identity. With adequate support, all transgender youth can succeed academically and socially, but in many communities, support and resources for transgender youth are scarce or nonexistent. This article contends that support, encouragement, and advocacy by school staff members and administrators are essential to facilitate the safety, education, and social success of transgender youth and provide them with tools to self-advocate among peers and family members and in the community. It is the responsibility of all administrators to respond to diversity and safety concerns and to be aware of current laws, policy, and best practices for handling such issues. Effectively managing those concerns requires principals to assess their own beliefs about transgender individuals and to encourage teachers and staff members to examine their own as well. Because ensuring safety and fostering diversity are ongoing processes and because responding to the needs of transgender students requires the support of a broad range of groups, involving school psychologists and other mental-health professionals is essential. (Contains 9 resources and 16 online resources.)
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Language: English
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