An article with a generally positive tone, on the educational system making accommodations for transgender students in Oregon. Here are the opening paragraphs of this article. Continue reading this by following the link at the bottom of this post…
If you have not had a conversation already, your children may talk to you about transgender students at school. Schools are making lots of changes to ensure all students are fully supported.
“This is where a lot of happy things have happened for me with people who accept me for who I am,” said KC Merwin.
The steps of a church in Oregon City are a place KC feels at home.
Inside is a place called The Living Room, where local LGBTQ youth go to be who they really are.
“I was like I can be a girl, I’ll just be a tomboy,” KC explained. “But as that progressed, I was thinking, wow, I’m really not a tomboy, I’m a boy, boy.”
The 17-year-old says friends have been very accepting, and most classmates, too. With teachers and other adults, he says, it is hit or miss.
“I think there’s definitely a long way to go. But that’s also not necessarily the school’s fault. I just think that’s how society kind of is.”
“We have a long way to go because it shakes up a lot of societal preconceived notions about who human beings are,” said Jenn Burlton. She runs TransActive, a nonprofit group supporting transgender kids and their families…
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