Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools

Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 SchoolsSchools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools is a first-of-its-kind resource providing a blueprint for safe, supportive and inclusive school environments for transgender youth.

The groundbreaking guide, written for administrators, teachers, parents, and other adults who work with youth, covers topics ranging from basic concepts of gender and the importance of affirming gender identity, to best practices for restroom access and working with unsupportive parents. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Gender Spectrum led the effort to produce the guide, joined by HRC Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the National Education Association (NEA).

This resource also:

  • Offers guidelines for meeting the needs of transgender students, including tools for supporting students who are transitioning;
  • Addresses issues specific to transgender youth, including chosen names; pronouns; confidentiality; restroom and locker room access; sports; and harassment or bullying;
  • Outlines best practices for working with parents who may be unsupportive, or who disagree about how to respond to their child's gender identity;
  • Gives an overview of the legal landscape that administrators, educators, parents, and students should be aware of as they work to create safe and supportive school environments for all.

Download the full guide here.

More information on HRC Foundation's work with LGBT youth can be found here, and its resources on transgender children and youth can be found here.