Introduction: Childhood Gender Expression
Every child experiences aspects of themselves in unique ways. This includes the highly personal development of internal gender identity and its externalized cousin, gender expression. According to the “Growing Up Today” study conducted through the Harvard School for Public Health, 10% of students suffer symptoms of PTSD later in life due to having been harassed in childhood for not conforming to gender stereotypes.
This workshop will help those working with children and youth to better understand the dynamics of cultural gender role stereotyping and the impact it has on gender diverse and transgender children and youth.
Transgender Students in K-12 School Settings
Transgender students can be found in every school district and every county, city and town in the United States. According to some estimates, as many as 2.5% of the population may identify as a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth.
This workshop will help educators, administrators and staff better understand the significant differences that exist between sexual orientation and gender identity. TransActive Gender Center staff will identify the unique challenges that transgender students and school officials face and offer guidance on needed changes to school culture and district policy.
Schools & Title IX: Laws Protecting Transgender Student Rights
The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has issued clarification of the Title IX and Title VI protections that cover the rights of transgender students to receive and education and participate in school activities free from sex or gender discrimination. This training will help teachers, staff and administrators better understand their obligations under federal, state and local laws and provide them with tools and techniques to help their communities embrace the full inclusion of transgender students in school life.
Gender Identity & Child Custody: When Caregivers Don’t Agree
As gender diversity in children and youth becomes more visible, parents and caregivers face the challenge of providing their kids with the support and affirmation they need. But, what happens when parents or caregivers do not agree on affirmation of the child’s gender expression? What if the caregivers are estranged or divorced and the child’s gender expression becomes an issue in a custody or visitation dispute?
This training will help legal counsel, social services staff, custody evaluators, CASA workers and judges better understand the underlying dynamics that exist in such situations and provide them with the most current guidelines and “Best Practice” models for determining what is in the best interests of the child with regard to their gender identity and gender expression.