August 28 would have been the start of the school year for my niece and other HISD school kids but Harvey changed that for the time being.
September 11 became the new start date for kids across HISD and my trans nieces and nephews in HISD and other Houston area school districts that had already started classes but were interrupted by the unwanted arrival of Harvey in the area.
The same happened for our college students in the Houston area, and UH, TSU and Rice restarted classes on September 5
The 2017-18 school year has already gotten off to a great start with the elite HBCU women’s school Spelman College announcing they will be admitting trans feminine students starting in the 2018-19 school year.
My sisters Chyna Fierro, Amirage Shively and Sharron Cooks are furthering their educations at UTEP, U of L and Temple respectively, and I wish them and all trans and gender variant people doing so at the collegiate level a wonderful school year.
I hope I get the opportunity to write about more of our trans kids across the country breaking barriers and becoming homecoming or prom kings and queens, playing their fave sport as their true selves, making a cheerleading squad, kicking butt in an academic contest, or becoming their school’s valedictorian or salutatorian..
It’s my hope you also just get through this school year and make new friends, get your education, and not have to deal with bullies, be they the school, faculty, administrative or right wing parental kind.
I’m also giving my TBLGQ fam who are college professors, teachers and instructors some love as well who are doing the work of teaching the next generation of students. By doing so, you are committing a revolutionary act along with the trans students being in class and getting their educations.
Whether you do so openly as your true selves or are nondisclosed, continue to do what you do in terms of kicking knowledge to the kids as higher education comes under increasing attack from the conservafools and the faith based fools with Betsy DeVos ensconced as the new Secretary of (mis)Education continue their rush to idiocracy by attacking public education.
Here in the Lone Star State, having failed at the legislative level twice since January to get their anti-trans bans in place, the Texas Axis of Intolerance hatemongers are now shifting targets to attack the school districts.
They have already tried and failedto stop pro-TBLGQ policies from being put in place in San Antonio ISD.
Happy 2017-18 school year TBLGQ family. Whether you are starting your first day of elementary school or your first day of graduate school, I hope that you get through it with minimal drama and maximum opportunities to learn, expand your minds, make friends and grow as human beings.
May the same thing happen for your classmates, administrators, faculty and parents.