Like all students, with the proper supports, transgender students can thrive socially, emotionally, and academically. School and district leaders have an important role in ensuring a safe environment that affirms and supports transgender students. For some, implementing new policies — such as allowing transgender students to access restrooms and locker rooms based on gender identity — can be a brand new challenge for which they feel unprepared. However, doing nothing can cause serious harm to a transgender student and expose the school district to legal liability.
Drawing from the presenter’s experience of working with families and schools on this issue, this workshop will review developing best practices, provide participants with the tools needed to effectively and confidently address the needs of transgender students, and answer common questions and concerns around serving a transgender student.
Asaf Orr, Esq.
Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney
National Center for Lesbian Rights, San Francisco, CA
Asaf Orr joined NCLR in 2012 and was named NCLR’s Transgender Youth Project Attorney in 2015. Asaf engages in litigation, public policy, and informal advocacy to safeguard the rights of transgender and gender-expansive youth. He has represented transgender youth and their families in a wide range of legal matters, including discrimination in schools, child custody disputes, child abuse and neglect, and access to affirming medical and mental health care.
Asaf was a lead author of Schools in Transition: A Guide to Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools, a publication that assists parents, school administrators, and other stakeholders to collaborate and create a school environment that affirms and supports transgender students.
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