Published November 20, 2021Trans Day of Remembrance EnglishEspañolEnglish This years Transgender Day of Remembrance post was written by two transgender students in DPS. These students reflected on the importance of Transgender Day Read More »
The National Transgender Week of Awareness from Nov. 13 – 19 works to help “raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face,” according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Over 5% of our student body identifies as transgender (an umbrella term for anyone who does not identify with their gender assigned at birth) or non-binary. Our district is proud of our transgender students, families, and staff. Our DPS community members who identify as transgender and/or non-binary deserve equitable access to education, opportunities, safety, and inclusion. DPS continues to make bold, unapologetic moves to support our transgender and non-binary students.
Our district continues to build programming and structures to unapologetically uplift transgender and non-binary visibilty, inclusion and joy. In the upcoming year we will be increasing visibility through a documentary film project, striving for greater inclusion by piloting a teacher-driven equity program, and celebrating joy with a GSA Summit specifically for DPS students. This year, we are honored to start this important week with testimonials from parents of just a few of our many transgender and non-binary students and to end the week with a powerful statement from one of our transgender students.
In 2021, DPS updated registration packets to more inclusive of transgender and non-binary students, began collecting data on the lived experiences of our LGBTQ+ students, and participated in a state-wide family summit. Our new superintendent met with four LGBTQ+ specific groups on his listening tour. We continue to implement the all-gender restroom mandate introduced in 2020 and are seeing many students access our gender updates to Infinite Campus.