As we head into another school year, our focus will be on building and sustaining the rights and spaces of LGBTQ2+ youth. We know school and community climates are not always welcoming spaces for queer and trans youth. That includes homophobic- and transphobic- bullying, harassment and exclusion. We know GSAs strengthen their school communities, and that LGBTQ+ youth should be able to bring their whole selves to learn! That’s why we’ve put together these updates, reminders and a GSA Jumpstart list to kick off the year.
This document is a starting guideline for the rights and options for transgender and gender non-conforming students in school. If you are wondering about using preferred or non-legal names, pronouns, navigating washrooms or gendered spaces, you can check this document out. For youth and families beginning a social, medical and/or legal transition, you may want to take this document in to your school’s administration to set out what your needs are in school and ensure they are respected.
You can read the guidelines here.
PowerSchool, the online system, will have a new feature this school year. You can include a non-legal name within PowerSchool, and once updated, this will update the name used within the entire system. Please note the importance of this change: once you change your name in PowerSchool, it will change ALL of the places that display your name. This includes information that is sent home: permission slips, report cards, and other documents. You are not able to choose which places display a legal name, and which may display a non-legal name.
Note that even if you do not change your name within the system, you still should have your non-legal name and pronoun used for you in school.
Looking to jump right into GSA activities, ideas and meetings this year? You can check out the newly updated GSA Manual! It`ll walk you through things like meeting structure and roles, activities and ideas, and way more!
Download the Manual.
Or check out these quick links:
* GSA Calendar 2018 – awareness days you can plan ahead for!
* GSA Kahoot! Play this trivia game together on GSA info, LGBTQ info, and more!
* Ideas and activities:
Move Your Butt (pg.1)
Decisions, Decisions (pg.2)