Navigating the “Human Barrier”: Overcoming Biases While Working with Schools
After a guardian’s/parent’s realization that their child is transgender—but often before they have had a chance to catch their breath—the question of how to navigate schools looms large and immediate. Teachers, administrators, and even counselors may put up some resistance to taking inclusive steps to support the child and recognize the school’s role in the transition process. Even principals say, “Why should we do all this for one student?” Or they may ask a bewildered parent, “Just tell us what to do.” During this session, we will explore the origins of this resistance and some concrete steps for navigating a successful student transition. We will point parents to appropriate resources for creating an inclusive school environment and share guidelines and wisdom for educating school staff when no outside training is available. Content discussed will include: how to field “the bathroom question”; age-appropriate ways to talk to children; proactive addressing of concerns from other parents; and other ways for framing trans issues to those within a school community. There will be time for Q&A as well as addressing specific situations you may already have encountered.