As a teacher of transgender students, Matilda’s teacher, Angela, wanted to share some tips on how to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for the trans community.
Angela shared the following: If you have an existing school policy regarding transgender students and have a transgender student in your class, you can make sure your policy doesn’t prohibit you from welcoming the student’s gender expression.
You can’t ban a student who is already in your school for being transgender.
It can be a lot easier for transgender students to get into schools if you’re open and inclusive about it.
You should never feel like you have to explain why you are welcoming a student’s transgender status to a trans student.
The trans student can ask for an explanation of why they need to be in a particular space and the teacher can ask if they feel comfortable being there.
Angela also shared some great tips for teaching trans students, including: Don’t make it seem like there’s no other way to talk about transgender people.
Don’t force trans people to do gender-neutral or gender-non-conforming activities.
Be inclusive and supportive of trans students by supporting their exploration and growth.
Angela, a professor of English at the University of Minnesota, said there are plenty of ways to create an inclusive school environment, from using a non-binary gender expression, to not using pronouns, to using gender neutral pronouns when using the word “they,” to using the term “they” instead of “him.”
Angela said that as a parent, it’s important to make sure that your child understands the difference between a gender and identity.
“If you’re teaching about gender and you don’t understand that, I think you should make sure you’re understanding and that your students understand it as well,” Angela said.
“I think it’s very important that they’re able to understand that they don’t have to change their pronouns, they can change their name.”
Angela also said that teachers should be able to share the most common misconceptions about trans people, like: Trans people are men.
Trans people have male anatomy.
Trans men don’t exist.
Trans women are the opposite of trans.
Transgender people do not have a penis or breasts.
Angela said she’s been told by teachers that it’s not a choice.
It’s a biological process that occurs in every individual, she said.
If you’re going to talk to a transgender person about their transition, Angela suggested that they talk to their doctor first.
Angela is also a mom to two transgender children.
Angela’s husband, Tim, is also transgender.
They’re both married and Angela is very vocal about being transgender and their family’s struggles.
She’s spoken about their families struggle, and shared some important tips for parents.
Angela explained that parents need to take time to understand their child’s gender identity.
They need to understand the reasons why they feel the way they do and the reasons they’re not comfortable with the way that their child is being referred to.
Angela has also heard from parents who are concerned about their transgender child’s health.
She said that it should be up to parents to decide how much time and attention to their child that they want to devote to their gender identity and to their own health.
Angela says that when parents do decide that they are going to support their child with gender transition, they should do it on a case-by-case basis, and that parents should discuss what they’re going through and how they feel about it with their child and their partner.
Angela encourages parents to talk with their children about gender transition at home, in the privacy of their own home.
Parents need to consider the child’s age, weight, height, gender expression and mental health.
If your child has a history of depression or anxiety, you should talk with them about that as well, Angela said, as they can have a huge impact on your child’s well-being.
“You need to talk as much as you can about the gender identity of your child,” Angela added.
“It’s very, very important to know your child.”
Angela, who is currently teaching at a school in her hometown of Indianapolis, said that her own experiences with trans students have been extremely positive.
She feels safe teaching her students about their own experiences.
“They’re really accepting, they’re really loving,” Angela explained.
“That’s what’s really important.
They don’t see themselves as a second-class citizen and I think that’s very helpful to have their whole body of knowledge in front of them.”
Angela’s teaching has opened up doors for other transgender people, and she said that she’s glad that her work has been featured in a number of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, ABC News, NPR, The Huffington Post and The Advocate.
Angela hopes that other teachers across the country will take the same steps to support the transgender community and to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for their students.
Angela told Mashable that she was inspired to create this guide after reading a piece about a trans teacher in