School is starting for many students in Texas this week, and later this month for Texas colleges and universities. While this is the favorite time of the year for parents and the retailers enjoying their cash registers ringing from the just concluded sales tax holiday, the kids are lamenting the end of their summer vacations.
The start of the 2019-2020 school year is upon us, and I’m wondering what kind of school year that will be for our trans kids. While Cruella DeVos has been rolling back protections for our kids at the Department of Education level and looks for new ways to inflict cruelty on our trans and GNC kids from pre-K to graduate school, our trans and gender non conforming kids despite the obstacles continue to survive and in some cases thrive
There are a few districts in Texas and other states that have policies that protect the humanity and human rights of trans students, teachers and employees.
You’ll also as this school year plays out pass into the start of another decade of the 21st century during the winter break and the start of a presidential election year.
Bur during this first week, my thoughts are with our trans kids. I’m definitely concerned about the ones who are about to start elementary school. I’m also concerned about the ones making the jump from elementary to middle school since we elder all know how rough puberty was before adding trans issues on top of it.
And with my 40th high school reunion happening next year, I’m thinking about our trans and gender non conforming kids who are either starting their freshman year in high school or beginning their senior year.
I’m also thinking about the ones who about to take that giant leap to college or our trans folks who are in grad school. Major props also go to the trans people who are in law school or medical school with the goal of serving our community in the medical and legal professions once they finish.
I have no doubts that like many of your trans student predecessors, you will not only accomplish your educational goals, but in some cases will make history along the way. There are still schools that have never had a trans homecoming or prom king or queen. I’m still waiting to gleefully write about that first out trans valedictorian or salutatorian. The first out trans class president.
Some of you during the 2019-20 school year will unfortunately have to fight anti-trans bigotry along the way as you strive to get your educations. Some of you who wish to participate in high school athletics will have to fight tooth and nail just to be able to compete while trans.
Some of you will have to fight just to be able to wear clothing at prom or your graduations that reflects your true selves But it’s worth that battle for you to do so.
Know that if you choose to fight for you human rights, your parents, your trans elders and our allies will help you fight that battle against the transphobes if that comes to pass.
As a TK, I’m exceedingly proud not only of our trans and GNC students, I’m proud of all you trans folks who teach, whether it be at the K-12 or collegiate level. You have my utmost respect and love as you do the most important job in our society and educate our next generations.
Happy 2019-2020 school year, TBLGQ students! Hope it turns out to be a wonderful. and memorable one for all of you