Dr. Henry Paul, MD

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

TRANSGENDER CHILDREN & TEENS AND ACCEPTANCE AT SCHOOL

May 15th, 2015

As children reject their birth gender at younger ages, schools districts large and small, conservative and liberal, are working to help transgender students fit in without a fuss.

4134324_sStatistics show that young, transgender children and teenagers face more discrimination than LGB’s. The victimization of these students results in missed school, lower grades, and poor self-esteem. And, they are often the victims of bullying.

A study in 2009 by Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools reported an “urgent need for educators, policymakers and all who care about safe schools to address the disproportionate victimization of transgender students in school and to improve the knowledge and understanding of all members of the school community about issues related to gender and gender expression. This report also highlights the continued need for focused research so that all of us committed to creating safer schools for all students can more clearly understand the realities for specific student populations. Such understanding is critical as we work toward the development and implementation of effective policies, programs and resources.”

In 2014, California became the first state to implement a law spelling out the rights of a transgender student in public schools, including the ability to use restrooms and to play on sports teams that match their expressed genders. This is a great step forward. It is important that these type of policy changes continue to keep all youth safe in our schools.

Disclaimer
This blog is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended as medical or psychiatric advice for individual conditions or treatment and does not substitute for a medical or psychiatric examination. A psychiatrist must make a determination about any treatment or prescription. Dr. Paul does not assume any responsibility or risk for the use of any information contained within this blog.


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