HISD and other school districts in the Houston area started classes today, and I’m thinking about this in the wake of my niece Kacielyn and one of the many transkids I know like Kai starting kindergarten today.
Kai’s mom Kimberly Shappley has been fighting a battle with the Pearland ISD to get then to see the error of their transphobic ways and not discriminate against her daughter.
They are taking their lead from their transphobic superintendent Dr John Kelly and being obstinateabout forcing a trans feminine child into bathrooms with cisgender boys, so Shappley may have to escalate the fight for her daughter’s freedom, liberty and human rights to the legal system.
It’s also a reminder of the DOE/DOJ Dear Colleague letter that is being contested in federal court by a group of ten states led by my indicted GOP Texas attorney general who is indulging his oppressor gene.
Back to this school year post.
While this school year is already shaping up to be a contentious one for trans kind, it’s also one of great possibilities for you as well. In addition to kids like Kai starting their school years in kindergarten, some are making the jump to middle school. Others of you are starting high school or heading into your senior year, and some of you are heading off to college or into your last year of college.
And major props to those of you who are in grad school or law school.
Some of you before this year is over may have the opportunity to make some trans history along the way and become your school’s (or your state’s) first ever trans masculine or trans feminine homecoming kings or queens, or winning prom king or queen.
Some of you may choose to excel or compete in sports or other activities as your true selves, while others of you will be more concerned with simply handling your academic business and making friends along the way.
Whatever way you choose to handle your school business, know that your trans elders support you, and stand ready along with several organizations like Lambda Legal, the ACLU, GLSEN, GLAD and the Department of Justice to ensure your Title IX human rights are covered.
Best of luck to all of you and hope this is a successful 2016-17 academic year for all of you.