Keep LGBT History in California Schools
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Keep LGBT History in California Schools

At COLAGE we believe all students deserve to learn about the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. We believe all families should be celebrated in our schools. And we know, thanks to studies published by the GSA Network, that when LGBT people are included in school curriculum all students feel safer at school. The FAIR Education Act requires local school districts in California, with input from parents and teachers, to integrate factual, age-appropriate information about social movements, current events and the contributions of gay and disabled leaders into existing social studies lessons that include contributions of both men and women, people of color and other groups. It also prevents schools from adopting learning materials with a discriminatory bias or negative stereotypes based solely on race, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation. The FAIR Education Act, SB48, ensures that all students in California will learn about the historic contributions that LGBT people have made to society – history like Harvey Milk’s groundbreaking run for Mayor of San Francisco or Bayard Rustin’s organizing of the Civil Rights march and acting as an adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. Now, well-funded anti-gay groups are organizing to put a repeal of the law on the ballot this November meaning once again our families will be under attack and our history erased. You have seen how vicious, anti-gay campaigns like those during Prop 8 increase violence and bullying in schools and in our communities. This campaign is no different, the anti-gay groups are already spreading harmful misinformation about this law. We must work together by sharing our stories with our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family about why it is important to our families to continue including the contributions of LGBT people and all people in accurate history lessons in our schools. Listen to this segment on California Public Radio feartuing Paulo Sibaja, whop filed the paperwork to launch the repeal effort, and Rebekah Orr, Communications Director, Equality California. Southern California Public Radio: FAIR Education Act by COLAGE Take Action: We need your eyes and ears on the ground today. If you spot an anti-LGBT, anti-progressive signature gatherers, report them immediately by calling the toll-free “Decline to Sign Hotline” at 1-877-440-9585. We’ll immediately dispatch a trained “truth squad” to make sure potential petition signers know the truth about these initiatives including the referendum on the FAIR Education Act. We’re working to protect the FAIR Education Act and block this referendum from the ballot as part of a broad coalition of organizations including advocates for people with disabilities, LGBT organizations, labor unions, faith communities, racial justice groups and many other groups that...

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End Trans Discrimination! Read the new report, sign the petition.

People with LGBTQ Parents know that when our parents are discriminated against, it affects our entire family. This report showcases data that supports what those of us with transgender parents have been feeling for a long time. Transgender people face extraordinary discrimination and violence – and it needs to stop. Please sign the petition below and check out COLAGE’s resources for people with transgender parents. The National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force today released a report, Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (.pdf), detailing the pervasive discrimination faced by transgender people and the challenges they face. According to the report, transgender Americans experience staggering rates of discrimination at work, harassment at school, and bias when accessing social services. Key findings from the 6,450 respondents include: * Although the majority of people who transitioned their gender reported improved work performance, 90% experienced discrimination at their workplace and more than 25% lost their job as a result of bias. * Unemployment rates were twice the national average, with unemployed respondents twice as likely to be homeless, HIV positive, and reliant on the street economy compared to their employed counterparts. * Higher-than-average rates of HIV, smoking, substance use, and suicide (with 41% reporting at least one suicide attempt) were reported; yet 19% were refused medical care due to their transgender status and 50% had to educate their own providers about transgender care. * 19% have been homeless; among those who tried to access homeless services, 53% were harassed by shelter staff and 29% were denied access to basic shelter services. Petitions by Change.org|Start a Petition » Read the full report> Check out the COLAGE Kids of Trans Guide> More COLAGE transgender...

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Just For Us: Gender (Fall 2004)

Just For Us: Gender (Fall...

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Kids of Trans Resource Guide

Don’t have scribd? Download KOT Resource Guide (.pdf) KOT Resource...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Lots of video & resources!

Story by Stephanie Herwig (with resources provided by COLAGE) My dad is a Male to Female transsexual, happily married lesbian, devout Christian, and fascinating human. Watch this preview of the film featuring my family: She came out to me 14 years ago when I was 16, and it’s been a wild ride ever since. We’ve gone through periods of awkwardness, anger, resentment, and frustration. I’ve struggled with acceptance, and have had to face some very difficult questions – not least of all: “Who is this person who used to be my father…and is now a woman…but is not my mother….?” and “How in the world do I relate to this person?” But would I trade any of that for simplicity? No. To me, as a child of a transsexual woman, this is an issue of honesty. We cannot have real and vibrant relationships with each other if we are not first honest with ourselves about who we are, and then honest with those around us. People who have to deal with issues of transgender/transsexuality must be able to fully manifest who they are in all authenticity. How else can they have meaningful relationships with those of us who love them? Have a transgender parent? Click here to join the Kids of Trans e-mail list to connect with other people who have a transgender parent. My dad – now Sara, or “Saree” to me – and I have not had an easy time. I still feel a sense of loss for my ‘father’ – the one man in my life that was always supposed to be there for me. But when Saree made the move to fully manifest who she is as a woman, our relationship became much deeper. The authenticity that she shows in herself reflects in the way we relate to each other and gives me courage to trust her with the difficult things that I have to be honest about. If we have issues to deal with between us, we talk about it, and I know I can tell her anything. It’s amazing how freeing that kind of honesty can be. It is my hope that as more and more people like my Saree decide to come out and say “This is who I am. Let’s get to know each other for real” so that our society will stop being afraid of being honest about who we all are in all our complexity. Complexity is what makes humanity interesting and beautiful. We just need the courage to open our eyes and take in all the intricacies of the people around us. Check out the I AM project...

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