By Debra Chasnoff, President/Senior Producer | blog, LGBT, Professional Development, Respect For All Project, Straightlaced
This is Rey. When we filmed her, she was a high school senior. Watch this clip from our film, Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up, and try to envision Rey being forced to use the boys’ bathroom.
The Trump administration does not have a clue what it is like for students like Rey to navigate the school day and stay safe.
While we are outraged by the administration’s latest action, we know that we have the ability to support teachers and administrators to do the right thing in their own schools.
When we go into school districts, as we did last year in San Diego, and show this award-winning documentary, we see the light bulbs go on. When caring professionals meet Rey on film, they gain new insights into the challenges their own students must be facing. They think about the youth in their own schools and get passionate about ways they can help protect their transgender students.
Trump can issue all the executive orders he wants, but that is not going to stop GroundSpark from connecting with educators and supporting them to stay strong and keep all of their students safe.
We’ve seen an uptick in distribution of Straightlaced since Trump was elected. We know that means that more schools are trying to grapple with how gender norms affect their students.
Will you help?
Please consider buying a copy of Straightlaced, which comes with a comprehensive teaching guide, and sharing it with a teacher or school administrator you know who may not be aware of this important resource.
And we are also on call, ready to send our education team to provide professional development to school districts that want more training on these issues.
Thank you for standing with us to protect every student’s safety.