Student: Whether I wear pants or a skirt, I sing the same. Does it matter if I wear pants instead of a skirt? Yes it matters to me. I don’t understand why my teacher and principal insist on me wearing a skirt to sing in the choir. It feels as weird as showing up to school in a bathing suit and nothing else. I already feel uncomfortable at school. It would be just one small thing that would make me think, ‘At least this one teacher knows and accepts me.’
During #GlobalDiversityAwareness Month and all year round, California State PTA and National PTA have position statements and resolutions that give us authority to act on behalf of LGBTQIA+ students and their families:
Then, Take Action…
We recognize that each PTA and school community will have different solutions, but these are great places to start:
- Review school policies in regard to bullying and support revisions and amendments to those policies that specifically address the topics of sexual orientation and gender identification/expression as they relate to harassment and bullying. https://capta.org/focus-areas/community-concerns/lgbtqia/
- Use the Welcoming Schools Checklist to see how your PTA is doing in welcoming all families into your school. http://downloads.capta.org/hea/WelcomingSchools_Checklist.pdf
- Use the California State PTA Position Statements and Resolutions as you do studies of local legislation that impacts families of LGBTQIA+ students. If you need support in this process, reach out to your Council or District Board and they can support you.
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