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Resolution Recognizing and Celebrating our Transgender Community

Dec. 7, 2018
 
A student speaks about transgender identity at a recent board meeting.

At the Denver Board of Education meeting Nov. 15, DPS students asked the board to adopt a resolution recognizing and celebrating our transgender community, including our students, staff, parents and families, and community members. In response to the federal government’s recent consideration of narrowing the definition of gender, students at North High School demonstrated in protest of this change on Nov. 5.

Board Member Jennifer Bacon affirmed that the district is committed to building, developing and supporting DPS as a safe and welcoming environment for all students. “We believe in our students and we will meet them where they’re at,” said Bacon. Students shared their experiences and hopes that DPS would recognize the rights of our transgender community, which is at a higher risk for suicide, bullying and harassment. 

“The minute you give someone a chance to be who they are, safely and happily, wherever they want to be, you will create a happier environment for more and more people,” said Skyler Kasnoff, a student at Skinner Middle School. The board voted unanimously to adopt the resolution (watch the video here). The resolution can be found here