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Petitioning President Barack Obama

Protect the human rights of transgender youth

Without laws in place, our youth will continue to be discriminated against because of their gender identity. Little children like my 7 year old, shouldn't have to fight to use the girls' bathroom. In our society, being part of the girls' room discussions are a huge part of how we are socialized as girls. Please don't allow this discrimination to continue. Make it illegal in the United States of America to:

• refuse to allow a student to attend school and related events and activities because that student is wearing clothes that are too “girlish” or “boyish.” This is true regard¬less of the gender identity or the assigned birth sex of the student.
• compel a student to shave or groom their hair to look more “feminine” or “mas¬• culine.”
• discriminate or harass on the basis of their gender identity.

Examples of harassment include:

• Repeated, deliberate use of pronouns and names that are inconsistent with a student’s gender identity
• Denying appropriate academic support to a student because of their gender identity
• Inappropriate touching
• Insults or remarks about a student’s body parts or about a student’s behavior being too “masculine” or “feminine”
• Asking people inappropriate, unnecessary questions about their gender identity, anatomy, and / or any medical treatment that is related to their gender identity;
• Verbal, sexual, or physical assault because of one’s gender identity.
• called derogatory names at school, such as “dyke”, “faggot,”“it” and “he-she” by both other students • and faculty;
• prevented from using the restroom or locker room that corresponds to their gender identity
• being unable to use any restroom at school because of their gender identity
• beaten up because of their gender identity
• sexually assaulted due to their gender identity
• forced to fight to defend themselves resulting in suspension and/or expulsion
• forced to miss school because of suspensions or skip school because of fear resulting in missed learn¬ing opportunities
• forced to quit school because of their gender identity
• forced to attend psychiatric programs because of their gender identity
• ridiculed and / or punished by teachers for dressing and / or acting too “feminine” or “masculine”
• left with little or no academic support at school by faculty and administration
• left with little or no emotional support at school by faculty and administration;
• given no one they can reach out to for support about their gender identity at school
• made deathly afraid of being “outed” and skipping school as a result.

Our nation's schools must do the following to educate their staff:

• Arrange for transgender awareness training for faculty, staff, and administrators from a qualified community-based trainer.
• Incorporate positive information about transgender issues into curricula.
• Create gender neutral restrooms
• If a student talks to you about their gender identity, listen in a respectful and non-judgmental way.
• Avoid perpetuating gender stereotypes
• Intervene and take action when students use gender-specific terminology to make fun of each other.
• Create gender-neutral and / or mixed gender spaces
• Always refer to transgender and gender nonconforming students appropriately
• Ensure that employment opportunities at your school are open to transgender and gender non conforming people.
• Listen to criticism from transgender, gender nonconforming, and questioning students

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