Petition to Saint Louis Park school board
Pass the Gender Inclusion Policy for St. Louis Park Schools
~Please sign this only if you are/were affiliated with St. Louis Park Schools (students, staff, parents) and/or a resident of St. Louis Park~ We the students, staff, and parents of the Saint Louis Park School District believe that the school board should pass the Gender Inclusion Policy before the start of the 2017-2018 school year in order to fulfill our commitment to equity by creating a safer, more supportive community for transgender & gender nonconforming students. ************ Trans students face many institutional obstacles that make it harder for them to succeed academically and socially. Currently, St. Louis Park Schools has no district-wide policy that addresses most of these issues, so the Gender Inclusion Policy is quite necessary. The policy aims to: Respect all students’ gender identity and gender expression by honoring the right of students to be identified and addressed by their preferred name and pronoun. Within academic programing, prohibit the separation of students and/or curricular materials based upon gender unless it serves as a compelling pedagogical tool. Provide all students the opportunity to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities in a manner consistent with their gender identity, including but not limited to intramural and interscholastic athletics. Provide all students with access to facilities that align with students’ gender identity. A copy of the proposed policy can be found at: https://goo.gl/hTqGiH ************ This petition was created by the St. Louis Park High School Gender Sexuality Alliance in order to show the Superintendent and the School Board that the members of this community care about trans issues and support this policy. St. Paul Public Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools have had very similar policies for over two years, and currently the rules surrounding this issue are up to individual school boards. That being said, we understand that passing a policy like this may still prove controversial, especially in uncertain times like this. But St. Louis Park has a long and proud history of moral leadership on civil rights issues, proving time and time again that we have the chutzpah to do the right thing- protecting transgender students should be no different. Now more than ever, we need to step up, include transgender students in our commitment to equity, and reassure the dozens of transgender kids in our school system that they are safe & loved by this community. Feel free to email SLPschoolsGSA@gmail.com with any comments, questions, or suggestions.
Petition to Governor Hogan
GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOMS FOR MD
Currently there are no gender neutral bathrooms in MD but I believe that it is a necessary. Transgender people who are pre everything or don’t feel comfortable yet to use the bathroom of their gender identity/ don’t feel comfortable using the bathroom for the gender they were born as and gender non-conforming people to feel comfortable in the bathroom. I want these implemented in schools, offices and other places.
Petition to Students and Staff
Start an LGBTQ+ club at WLMS
I want to start and lgbtq+ club at WLMS because i feel like having a safe place for lgbtq+ kids, where they are surrounded by people that have gone through or have similar stories to them is very important. I feel as though it will make kids feel more confident and proud to be who they are. This club is crucial to help kids learn, and grow in a safe, and completely openminded community. This club would not only be for lgbtq+ kids, but even people that just want to be educated, and want to understand how to become an ally to the community. This club, i feel, will really help grow our middle school, and create a safe enviroment all around.
Petition to Evelyn Rafalowski
Help Oliver Carrier make Sullivan East Highschool more trans-friendly
By supporting this petition, you will give transgender students a feeling of safety and belonging in the school of Sullivan East High. This includes making changes of a student's name and gender/sex in the school system if the student wishes without going into legalities. This includes teachers and staff using the pronouns the student deems as appropriate. You will also be assuring the trans students of this school that they will feel safe and comfortable walking into the restroom they so choose without fear of persecution from staff. It is the overwhelming consensus of child health and education experts that treating transgender students according to their gender identity—their deeply held knowledge of their gender—is critical to protecting their health and wellbeing. In the educational context, doing so includes teachers and staff using the name and pronouns the student indicates are appropriate, and giving them the same access to the restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender that any other student has. Not doing so has been proven to have serious setbacks on a transgender adolescent's self-esteem, mental health, and education/learning comprehension. This petition was made to insure everyone has equal opportunity for safe and prosperous educational experience. This includes the transgender adolescents of Sullivan East High.