Transgender children face alarming levels of intimidation and abuse. The GLSEN survey on the National School Climate of 2017 found that 83.7% of immigrants and 69.9% of non-compliant students (GNC) are intimidating at school.
Intimidation can eliminate self-esteem, increase isolation, and make it difficult for the child to confirm gender identity. Some infected children become depressed and suicidal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that any involvement in intimidation – whether as a victim or as a killing or both – increases the risk of suicidal behavior of the child.
Parents, teachers and other adults have considerable strength to reduce intimidation and support children at school.
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Transfusion is a nuisance to transsexual people. It can cause intimidation, physical assault and other forms of abuse.
According to the survey, gender discrimination is a problem in schools. The GLSEN National School Climate survey surveyed over 23,000 children in grades 6-12. The study showed that 42.1% of trans and GNC children are prevented from using their preferred pronouns. Almost half of these children (46.5%) are forced to use the wrong bathrooms.
Other investigations have found high rates of supernatural bullying.
- A research published in 2017 found that transcendental children are two to three times more likely than their classmates to be intimidated.
- A 2016 adult transsexual survey found that 60% had avoided public toilets because they feared confrontation and intimidation.
- A 2012 survey found that 61% of students have heard colleagues make negative remarks about gender expression. The same survey found that 27% of students are physically abused because of gender expression.
Creating a Safe Environment for Trans Kids
Many parents and teachers worry that there is nothing they can do to stop superstition intimidation. However, research has consistently found that creating a comprehensive, sex-conscious environment can significantly reduce intimidation. Even when children are intimidated in these environments, they may feel more comfortable addressing an adult than in less comprehensive environments.
According to GLSEN, students in LGBTQ-rated curricula that confirm the content are less likely to experience intimidation, listen to transposing remarks or feel unsafe at school. They are also less likely to be forced to use faulty baths or wrong pronouns. Comprehensive curricula can also increase self-esteem, reduce the risk of depression, and even improve grades.
Some strategies that promote a safe environment for transgender children include:
- Creating a curriculum. Schools can participate in the LGBT Month, present remarkable historical data on transsexuals and discuss with students the history and individual rights of the trans.
- Asking students about their preferred pronouns or names and then using them
- Educating educators, school counselors and others who work with students on issues related to transsexuals.
- Creating safe spaces, such as consulting offices, where students can safely discuss gender issues and bullying.
- They refuse to tolerate any intimidation or transfobia, even by teachers or other adults.
Parents wishing to support a transsexual child should encourage their child's school to promote an inclusive environment that actively works to prevent discrimination on grounds of discrimination. At home, parents can help by allowing children to confirm their own gender identity in a safe, non-judgmental zone.
It is important to let the child determine what sex is about them. Parents should avoid strengthening gender stereotypes or rigid gender ideologies. For example, a trans girl does not need to turn the entire pink wheel to "prove" she is a girl. No toy or clothing should be restricted to anyone solely on the grounds of sex.
Parents can also support their children with trans or GNC by introducing them to the wider LGBT community. They can read books with their child that characterize people of many gender identities and presentations. They can trace the trans or GNC roles to learn children. They can also help their children meet other children through support groups, camps, and other communities.
Finally, parents may wish to educate themselves about the history and the issues of transgenes. Children take the parents' beliefs, not just what they say. Parents who are uncomfortable with the presentation of their child's sex may inadvertently stigmatize their child. Training can help parents re-evaluate their own gender ideas and become better supporters for their children.
Understanding your child's rights
Federal, state and local laws define the legal rights of students. Postgraduate students in some states have more protection than students in other countries. Individual schools can extend additional rights to carriers.
Many courts have ruled that divorced people are protected under Title IX. This federal law prohibits schools from discriminating against pupils by gender or gender. According to Title IX, students of transsexual and KNE have the right:
- Be protected from intimidation, harassment and violence.
- Use toilets and cupboards that match their gender identity.
- Call the right name and pronouns.
- Wear and show yourself according to your gender identity (as long as you follow the general school dress).
- Access the same educational opportunities and school events with other students.
- Maintain their medical confidentiality, including the right not to disclose that you are divorced.
However, not all States have the same interpretation of Title IX. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, only 17 states have laws that explicitly protect transsexual students from harassment and discrimination. These include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. The District of Columbia also has anti-discrimination laws.
Even between these countries, the extent of political protection can vary. For example, only California, Connecticut and Washington now allow transsexual students to participate in school sports groups according to their gender identity. Schools in a state may also differ in their policies.
The rights of transsexual students to school are constantly evolving. Parents who worry about their child are discriminated against should consider consulting a lawyer specializing in educational law or having experience in divorce matters.
How treatment can help transgender children
Treatment can provide immense support for transgender children and their families. Family counseling can help a family identify strategies to support the child's gender identity and combat intimidation. When family members do not fully understand or accept the child's identity, family therapy can educate and encourage acceptance.
Individual counseling can help transgender children struggling with depression, low self-esteem and stress due to intimidation. The right therapist can also confirm the identity of a child's gender and show it to the standards of transmission and literature. In therapy, a child may learn that trans is not a mental health problem or weakness but an important element of a person's identity that must be respected and celebrated.
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