As the parent of a transgender child, I am so glad to finally see some guidance for schools. This will help educators be better prepared when faced with situations that are likely very new to them. It will help parents feel less overwhelmed in knowing that policies already exist to keep their child safe. It will help students feel protected by a system that shapes so many aspects of their lives. And it will foster a sense of inclusivity that will hopefully soon erase the sense of fear and anger that can often arise when anything LGBTQ+ is discussed in a public setting. Setting a baseline saying “we support this because it is right” will set the tone for a kinder environment and a kinder future.
Please know that the work you all have done and continue to do means the world to so many. Thank you.