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Portland school board adopts policy to protect transgender students

Portland school board adopts policy to protect transgender students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
After an emotional discussion about inclusion and equity for all students, the Portland School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt a comprehensive new policy that affirms and protects transgender and gender-expansive students in Portland schools. Gender expansive is a term used to describe people whose…. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
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Poetry in the Courtroom

Poetry in the Courtroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
On Friday, April 7, Judge Andre Davis of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit resorted to a poem by the Palestinian-American writer Naomi Shihab Nye, in an extraordinary opinion praising a young man who fought for his rights—and lost. Judge Davis’s opinion attests to the courage of Gavin Grimm for standing up for his rights, even as the court denied his request for vindication of those rights.
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Three ways to turn schools into safe learning environments for LBGTQ students in post-Orlando America - The Hechinger Report

Three ways to turn schools into safe learning environments for LBGTQ students in post-Orlando America - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The safety needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students turned paramount Sunday when a man walked into a gay nightclub and embarked on the worst shooting in U.S. history. The symbolism of this atrocity taking place is not lost the gay community, because bars and nightclubs have long served as some of the …
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New Research Article: “They Kind of Rely on the Library: School Librarians Serving LGBT Students” | LJ INFOdocket

The following article was published late last week on the The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA) web site. JRLYA is published by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
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Rural LGBT Students Report More Fear than Urban, Suburban Peers

Rural LGBT Students Report More Fear than Urban, Suburban Peers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Rural lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students feel less safe at school than their peers in suburban and urban areas, according to a national study on LGBT students in rural and small town schools.

The study, "Strengths and Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Rural and Small Town Schools," was released last week by theGay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and examines the experiences of more than 2,300 LGBT high school students in rural areas."

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York High School students rally around classmate being bullied

York High School students rally around classmate being bullied | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Parents and students at York High School are calling for the community to work together to fight bullying after they say a gay student was targeted. 
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Tell Transgender Students: We’re Still Here for You | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Tell Transgender Students: We’re Still Here for You | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
the Trump administration rescinded two federal guidance letters—issued in January 2015 and May 2016, respectively, under the Obama administration—on transgender students’ rights and public schools’ legal obligations under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972. This is a major step backward in the march toward equal rights and a troubling message to transgender students, but it does not change the law: Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex, which means that transgender students cannot be excluded from restrooms or otherwise denied equal educational opportunities because of who they are. This was the case before the administration issued the guidance, and this remains the case after.

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How did public bathrooms get to be separated by sex in the first place?

How did public bathrooms get to be separated by sex in the first place? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It wasn’t even until the late 19th century that this was codified into law.
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Data Lacking About How LGBT Students Are Treated at School, Researchers Say

Data Lacking About How LGBT Students Are Treated at School, Researchers Say | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Expanded federal data collection about LGBT students would help illuminate school climate problems and inform efforts to find solutions, researchers say in a paper released by the Equity Project and Indiana University.
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