Thursday, April 26, 2012

Connecticut Leads The Way

Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC) as a member of the CONNECTICUT SAFE SCHOOL COALITION worked with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), CT Department of Education and other state agencies and non-profits to publish the Guidelines for Schools on Gender Identity and Expression that provides information and guidance to students, parents and school faculty and staff on the rights, responsibilities and best educational and employment practices for transgender and gender non-conforming students.

I am the CTAC representative on the Safe School Coalitions and we have been working on the FAQs for over a year and it is always nice to see your work come to fruition. We have gone through several iterations of the document before it was finally approved by the CHRO and published on their website. As far as we know this is the first time any state agencies out of the other 15 states that have protection for trans-people have published an official FAQ like this. So I am very proud of Connecticut to be leading the way and for me to be part of the effort by so many amazing agencies and non-profits (See the list of coalition members at the end of the document).

The guidelines can be downloaded from the CHRO website here.

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