6 Things to Look for in an Inclusive and Accepting School for Your Non-Binary or Transgender Youth

As a parent of a non-binary or transgender child, you want to ensure that your child is safe. This is where education in a safe, inclusive, and an accepting school and environment. Not all schools are created equal in terms providing an inclusive environment.

Here are six things to look for when searching for a school that is accepting of non-binary or transgender youth:

  1. Gender-Inclusive Bathrooms: One of the most important things to look for in a school is whether they have gender-inclusive bathrooms. This is a basic necessity for transgender and non-binary students who may feel uncomfortable using gender-specific bathrooms. Gender-inclusive bathrooms should be available to all students, regardless of their gender identity.
  2. Staff Training: Have a trained school staff that is understanding gender identity and the unique needs of transgender and non-binary students. Make sure the school has a policy in place that supports and protects transgender and non-binary students, and that staff is trained on this policy.
  3. Name and Pronoun Use: It’s important for schools to respect the chosen names and pronouns of transgender and non-binary students. Ensure that the school has policies in place that respect and validate your child’s chosen name and pronouns. And you child should actively enforce these policies.
  4. Anti-Bullying Policies: Unfortunately, bullying can be a common occurrence for transgender and non-binary students. Make sure the school has clear anti-bullying policies that specifically address harassment based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
  5. Inclusive Curriculum: Look for a school that incorporates inclusive and diverse curriculum. This should include education about different gender identities and expressions. In addition, teaching tolerance and respect for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity.
  6. LGBTQ+ Support Groups: Many schools offer LGBTQ+ support groups. This can provide a safe and accepting space for your child to connect with other students who share similar experiences. This can be especially important for non-binary and transgender students who may feel isolated or marginalized.

Resources such as the National Center for Transgender Equality (https://transequality.org/) and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (https://www.glsen.org/) can help you understand what to look for and advocate for your child’s rights.

Choosing a school for your non-binary or transgender child can be a daunting task. However, by looking for these six key features, you can help ensure that your child receives an education. An education that is safe, inclusive, and in an accepting environment.

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