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    Juneau's Journal Oct. 26
    Posted on 10/26/2018

    Standing in Solidarity

    Every student in Seattle Public Schools has the right to feel seen, welcomed, and valued. As adults, our responsibility is to act as agents of safety for all youth in our care.

    A recent Trump administration memo revealed that the Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to define gender "on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable." This change in definition would directly impact Title IX, the federal civil rights law banning gender discrimination in education.

    Seattle Public Schools serves a diverse school community. We are dedicated to creating welcoming environments where each student feels safe and their differences are celebrated. Seattle Public Schools has a long history of supporting and advocating for LGBTQ students, staff, and families.

    I have heard and can certainly understand the feelings of anxiety from families this week. I and the Seattle School Board directors continue to stand with and support transgender, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming students, staff, and families through inclusive policies and practices.

    We thank all those standing by us in our commitment to the success of every student in every classroom, every day. Our strength lies in the beauty of our diversity and we will continue to uphold our values of respect and dignity for everyone.

    To every transgender and gender-expansive youth, you are loved and supported. We see you and stand with you.

    Visit our LGBTQ Programs, Curriculum, and Support webpage to find resources for students, their families, and LGBTQ allies.

    Join us for the annual LGBTQ Families Dinner on Thurs., Nov. 8, at Meany Middle School.