When a girl says she has experimented with girls, that does not necessarily mean she’s bi.
She may just be an evil scientist.
There is great weight to the way that institutions, educational or otherwise, treat those who are “othered” by society. If a group of students is labeled “the bad kids,” other students will avoid them, whisper things about them, share rumors. In my school the kids who hung out just off school property and smoked in the morning were “the bad kids.” Never mind if those kids might have been extremely bright students who just happened to enjoy smoking or didn’t feel invested in the coursework presented to them; they were “bad.” And if a school labels gender-variant presentation as a sin, then the students of that school will, in no insignificant way, be influenced by that label in how they interact with those who do indeed break the gender-identity mold.
And that’s what the law currently being challenged for repeal in California is all about. It recognizes, at the state level, the inherent right of a human being to self-identify. It acknowledges that the science of what makes sex or gender isn’t as airtight as people once believed, and that there are people who were identified as boys or girls at birth who actually aren’t. It is an early step in what I hope will be a continuously fortuitous journey toward understanding that there is nothing wrong with us that makes us transgender, and that being transgender is the simple fact of our being.
And it does this not just by protecting those trans kids who desperately need protecting but by teaching those cisgender kids in their schools that we exist, and that there is nothing scary or dangerous about us. It establishes that we don’t just belong in their spaces but that they are our spaces too. This law is important because of two very important words: We belong."
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yes,put money in all of the pants! (but ask first)
"Many in the trans community are fed up with L.G.B.T. organizations that continue to erase trans identity or just give lip service to trans issues. We need our cisgender allies – gay and straight – to treat transgender lives as if they matter, and trans people need multiple seats at the tables in the organizations that say they’re interested in L.G.B.T. equality; this absence has been painful since Stonewall."
The nondiscrimination section of the Affordable Care Act, coupled with federal health regulations that prohibit discrimination in the administration of any program that receives federal funding, has made big waves. The regulations specifically protect people from discrimination based on gender identity, in addition to a number of other categories, at the level of benefit administration.
Is this an explicit mandate that insurance companies nationwide must pay for transition-related care in all health care plans? No. However, we believe that these nondiscrimination protections mean that a transgender person who is covered under a plan purchased through any state exchange, or any Medicaid plan, has the right to appeal any denial they receive from their insurance carrier that targets them as transgender people."
How Obamacare Will Affect Trans Folks and Families | Alex J. Davidson for The Advocate
(Hey, this is worth reading.)