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Get the Facts! AB 1266
In August of this year, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1266 into law. The groundbreaking regulation allows transgender students to participate in all school activities, sports teams, and programs that match their gender identity.
Of course in San Francisco Unified, we have had policies and procedures in place since 2002 to assist transgender and gender variant students feel safe and welcome in schools. This policy includes access to bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports activities that correspond with students’ gender identities. But more important, this policy which was written in collaboration with community based organizations including the GSA Network and the Transgender Law Center, intends to create safer and more accepting schools for gender variant students.
In the October issue of The Cailfornia Teacher Association’s California Educator features interviews with Wellness Coordinator Kate Baker, and School District Nurse, Susan Kitchell. Read the full article at cta.org.
Both Susan and Kate welcome gender variant students who have questions, concerns, or needs that might affect their abiltity to be successful in school. As Kate stated “If not being able to use a certain bathroom is a barrier to coming to school, let’s remove that barrier.” And as Susan stated so well, we need to remember that our answer to every student should always be “Thank you for trusting me.”
This open door for discussion, safer schools, and access to all programs, facilities and services is the hallmark of the SFUSD Transgender Policy, and it has been reinforced by Calfiornia in AB 1266.
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SF's Melanie Natividad Honored in DC
SFUSD Community Health Outreach Worker Melanie Natividad was asked to speak with Vice President Joe Biden at the Emerging LGBT Leaders ceremony in Washington D.C. Here is an interview...
What was the activity that got you to the emerging LGBT leader ceremony?
This summer I participated in a training of trainers in Chicago on LGBT safety and inclusiveness in schools with the National Education Association (NEA)/American Federation of Teachers (AFT). United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) was looking for 2 people to represent San Francisco and Susan Kitchell, Nurse at Galileo, recommended me for my work around LGBT issues. Based on the work I did in Chicago, I was nominated to represent AFT at the White House event.
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