November 17, 2009
>How do gender-based slurs make you feel?
Did you know 90% of transgender students heard negative remarks about someone’s gender expression sometimes, often, or frequently in school? And a third of transgender students heard school staff make homophobic, sexist, and negative comments about someone’s gender expression at school in the past year!
Attacks on trans and gender-nonconforming people usually start with a slur. By addressing gender-based bias language in school you’re encouraging people to think before they speak, and that can go a long way in the fight against transphobia.
So do you hear gender-based slurs in school? What do you hear most often? How do these words/phrases make you feel? Join the conversation at the Gay-Straight Alliances Facebook Page.
Also be sure to check out Harsh Realities, the first comprehensive study on the experiences of transgender students in schools.