As we approach the end of 2014 I’m beginning a few projects for this blog. The first one will be a tips for those who work with youth on how to create a more inclusive classroom for kids who are of trans experience. To be clear I’m using the word Trans to include individuals who are genderqueer, gender variant, transgender, transexual, gender neutral, two-spirit, feminine of center, masculine of center, etc…
I’ll take this moment to highlight something. As a special educator the students I work with in the past are used to being defined by their disability. I don’t agree with this use of language and therefore use people first language. I’ll be doing the same thing when talking about young people who are of trans experience. I feel that this is an important aspect of language because someone may have this experience, but it does not completely define them.
On to the first tip! Continue reading
In November of every year, specifically the week of the 20th, we remember those whose lives were taken for being their authentic selves. Every year there are hundreds of deaths that impact our community. This week every year I take several moments to remember those people and am grateful for my life. This year was the 15th anniversary of Transgender Day Of Remembrance. This day was started in response to the murder of Rita Hester, a transwoman of color who was murdered in her apartment in Boston in 1999. This year alone there were 200+ transgender people killed by acts of violence. This number doesn’t include those who took their own life. Trans women of color are some of the most targeted people in the community for simply being themselves. We are all people looking to live our lives to our fullest potential. Why do these atrocities continue? One factor has to be that kids aren’t given exposure and interactions to different kinds of people in schools. This needs to change. How will you create change in your community to create citizens of the world? Continue reading