February 23, 2017

If I hear about a student in crisis, or facing immediate violence or self-harm, where should I refer them? What should I do?

  • For immediate threats of violence, encourage students to call 911.
  • For immediate concerns regarding self-harming behaviors, please reach out to The Trevor Project or call their 24/7 helpline at 1-866-488-7386.

As the parent of a trans kid in a school district that has followed the best practices as represented in the Obama Administration’s guidance regarding transgender students, what does this mean for me? What should I do?

  • Contact your child’s school, and let them know how your child and other trans children are given the same safety and treatment at school is important to you and their parents.
  • Use the opportunity to find out if they plan to continue to provide equal respect to all students.
  • Regardless of your connection to a school-age child, remember the power of your zip code, and connect with your two U.S Senators and one Representative. Tell them clearly this endangerment is not acceptable, and you expect them to prioritize the urgency of protecting the safety of vulnerable LGBTQ children.
  • Call your local media to share your story; write a letter to the editor,and attend your next school board meeting.
  • PFLAG National and GLSEN have re-launched the #ClaimYourRights campaign and program, calling on the Office for Civil Rights to do its job and protect trans students. Be familiar with this program, and visit the page for complete, easy-to-follow steps on filing a claim.
  • Tell your network what you are doing and why on social media using the @PFLAG handle, and hashtags #PFLAGIsHere, #ClaimYourRights, #TitleIX, and #DearBetsy

As a parent of a trans kid in a school district that has not followed the best practices as represented in the Obama Administration’s guidance regarding transgender students, what does this mean for me? What should I do?

  • Check on vulnerable youth who will hear these rumors and be scared for what it means for them. Send the message that you are in their corner, that the law is still on their side, and you and PFLAG will fight for their dignity, safety and rights.
  • Connect with school administrators and remind them that Title IX is still federal law, and they have a legal obligation to protect transgender students to ensure the best school environment outcomes for youth.
  • Regardless of your connection to a school-age child, remember the power of your zip code, and connect with your two U.S Senators and one Representative. Tell them clearly this endangerment is not acceptable, and you expect them to prioritize the urgency of protecting the safety of vulnerable LGBTQ children.
  • PFLAG National and GLSEN have re-launched the #ClaimYourRights campaign and program, calling on the Office for Civil Rights to do its job and protect trans students. Be familiar with this program, and visit the page for complete, easy-to-follow steps on filing a claim.
  • Find your local Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education enforcement office to report discrimination. Call your local media to share your story; write a letter to the editor, and attend your next school board meeting. For chapter guidance on working with media, crafting messages, and more, re-visit One Voice Can Change the World: The PFLAG National Policy Guide and Advocacy Toolkit for guidance.
  • To see the numbers, look at GLSEN’s latest National School Climate Survey which punctuates the real preventable dangers that so many vulnerable transgender youth face at school every day; the Title IX guidance is life-saving to them.
  • Tell your network what you are doing and why on social media using the @PFLAG handle, and hashtags #PFLAGIsHere, #ClaimYourRights, #TitleIX, and #DearBetsy

As a chapter leader, what should I expect? What should I do to support family members who reach out to my chapter?

  • Remember that as a PFLAG chapter leader, you have experience at supporting parents who might feel in distress or who are in need of support.
  • Expect to hear from families with vulnerable youth who will be scared about what the rescission of this guidance means for them. Give those parents the message that you are in their corner, that the law is still on their side, and you and PFLAG will fight for their dignity, safety and rights.
  • Let parents know that PFLAG National and GLSEN have re-launched the #ClaimYourRights campaign and program, calling on the Office for Civil Rights to do its job and protect trans students. Be familiar with this program, and suggest that they visit the page for complete, easy-to-follow steps on filing a claim.
  • Remind parents that they can find their local Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education to report discrimination.

If I hear about students facing discrimination, where should I refer them for resources or to report to authorities?

What resources are available for students in schools?

What can I do proactively to help youth in schools?

  • Check on vulnerable youth who will be scared for what the rescission of this guidance means for them. Send the absolute message that you are in their corner, that the law is still on their side, and you and PFLAG will fight for their dignity, safety and rights.
  • Connect with school administrators and remind them that Title IX is still federal law, and they have a legal obligation to protect transgender students to ensure the best school environment outcomes for youth.
  • Regardless of your connection to a school-age child, remember the power of your zip code, and connect with your two U.S Senators and one Representative. Tell them clearly this endangerment is not acceptable, and you expect them to prioritize the urgency of protecting the safety of vulnerable LGBTQ children.
  • Contact your local school board to find whether your school district has trans-inclusive policies in place. If not, refer to GLSEN’s and National Center for Transgender Equality’s Model Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students to advocate for such a policy.
  • Call your local media to share your story, and attend your next school board meeting.
  • To see the numbers, look at GLSEN’s latest National School Climate Survey which punctuates the real preventable dangers that so many vulnerable transgender youth face at school every day; the Title IX guidance is life-saving to them.
  • Read and use Claim Your Rights from GLSEN and PFLAG National
  • Tell your network what you are doing and why on social media using the @PFLAG handle, and hashtags #PFLAGIsHere, #ClaimYourRights, #TitleIX, and #DearBetsy
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