Did you know there are an estimated 150,000 transgender youth between the ages of 13 and 17 in America? GLSEN’s 2015 National School Climate Survey found that 75% of transgender students felt unsafe at school because of their gender expression, 50% report being unable to use the name or pronoun that matches their identity and 70% report avoiding bathrooms. Excluding transgender students is humiliating and discriminatory and adds to the bullying and mistreatment that far too many transgender students already face.
MAP’s report, released in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Education Association (NEA) in May 2017, shows how excluding transgender students from school facilities that match their gender is not only unnecessary, but profoundly harmful. As the report shows, this argument is not just about bathrooms, but it is about whether or not transgender students will be included in our public education system. Put simply, if transgender students cannot safely access a bathroom, they cannot safely attend school.
Read more in the report, Separation and Stigma: Transgender Youth & School Facilities, as well as in our guide Talking About Transgender Students & School Facilities.