Empowering Trans Students with Super Powers

Jun 2016

Over the past few years, in partnership with the Arcus Foundation, Schott has supported the work of Massachusetts grantee BAGLY, the Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth, to elevate the voice of trans students in Boston Public Schools. BAGLY youth leaders have identified several key ways that students, educators, and schools can help make our public education system more safe and supportive of trans students — it’s time to support the super powers of trans youth!

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Helmet of Knowledge: Students need to first be aware of their rights as afforded to them by Massachusetts’ Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines of inclusion and diversity.

Advocacy Shield: When a student is denied treatment according to MA law and DESE guidelines, they should know what resources to contact in order to obtain the support they need to push back against unfair/unequal treatment (BAGLY can connect students to other resources like lawyers, case management, therapy, etc.).

Cape of Protection: Culturally competent mentors should be available in schools (LGBTQ-identified, trans-identified, etc.).

Power Bolt of Systemic Change: Audit school curricula to include LGBTQ-specific issues and social justice history.

Peer Support Rocket Boots: Increase awareness in the student body — hold assemblies focusing on diversity, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.


Connect with these organizations for support, programming, and policy advocacy:


Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth (BAGLY)

Boston Student Rights App (produced by the Boston Student Advisory Council)

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition


Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students (U.S. DOJ)

FAQs for School Boards and Staff on Transgender Students in Schools (NSBA)

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

Get Yr Rights — A National Know Your Rights Network for LGBTQ Youth

Transgender Law Center

Trans Student Educational Resources

Welcoming Schools

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