"Transgender people and Allies: working together we can improve the lives of Trans people in Virginia."
March 9, 2012
Julian Long, Media Coordinator
Coalition for Transgender Rights in Virginia
"We are pleased that the Suffolk school board did the right thing and removed the discriminatory language," said Coalition president Michelle-Marie McKay. "We now urge the board to ensure that the policy as passed is not applied in such a way that transgender and gender non-conforming students are singled out and found to be in violation of the policy."
According to the Harsh Realities report from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, nearly nine in ten transgender students have been verbally harassed in the last year due to their gender expression (87%), and more than half have also been physically assaulted (53%). However, most (54%) transgender students do not feel that they can report incidents of victimization to school authorities, and less than a fifth of transgender students said that school staff intervened most of the time or always when hearing homophobic comments or negative remarks about someone's gender expression.
For more information about the Coalition, please visit the Coalition's website at http://www.transgenderrightsva.org. For GLSEN's Harsh Realities report, please visit the GLSEN website at http://www.glsen.org.
The Coalition for Transgender Rights in Virginia works to assure that transsexual, transgender, intersex, gender minority and gender variant people are welcomed valued and affirmed.
Vision statementThe Coalition for Transgender Rights in Virginia envisions a Commonwealth in which all gender identities and expressions are fully appreciated and celebrated, and in which gender determination is left to the individual.
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