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SOWA Supports Washington's Transgender Youth

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Policy & Legislation

We Welcome All Young People

Dear Friends,

School’s Out Washington remains committed to ensuring that all children and youth in our state feel welcome, safe, and have the opportunity to thrive, and that youth serving providers are prepared to offer support during this uncertain time.

Yesterday the federal administration rescinded its transgender student guidance policy and protections. Without this policy, transgender students, providers and their families are vulnerable. While Washington State’s non-discrimination practices remain intact, we recognize the pain and uncertainty this causes students and those who work with them while already contending with efforts in our own state to roll back protections. High-quality expanded learning opportunities offer spaces for all youth to flourish, and we are dedicated to continuing to address transphobia, racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other discriminatory practices.

We have compiled a list of resources for professionals working with youth to continue to build competencies in addressing inequity and building safe, welcoming environments where young people can feel supported and be free from fear. We hope these resources can provide some tools to assist you in your work. Please contact us if there are any additional ways we can support you and your youth.

With Gratitude, 

The School’s Out Washington Team

 

Resources:

Gender Diversity – Gender Diversity is a Seattle based organization which aims to increase the awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender variations in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support, building community, increasing societal awareness, and improving the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions. They provide trainings and support to school staff, families, and more.

Oasis Youth Center – Located in Tacoma, Oasis Youth center works to transform the lives of queer youth by creating a safe place to learn, connect, and thrive. Oasis envisions a world in which queer youth are valued in the community as strong, creative leaders. Oasis is a youth-adult partnership in which young people and adults come together for shared teaching, learning and action. They have an extensive list of resources available.

Odyssey Youth Movement – Odyssey Youth Movement, located in Spokane, is a youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to creating, sustaining, and advocating for safe and affirming programs, policies, and services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth community. They have created a resource list for professionals.

Transform Washington – TRANSform Washington is a public education campaign celebrating the dignity, diversity and humanity of transgender and gender-diverse people. We believe all Washingtonians deserve to be safe, to be their true selves, and to live free from discrimination.

Additional resources on creating safe spaces and welcoming environments for all young people were compiled last month in response to the executive order on immigration and can be found on the School's Out Washington blog.

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