Supporting Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Students

As more students come out as transgender, schools professionals are looking for guidance and resources on how best to support them.  GSAFE has worked with school districts all around Wisconsin to lend guidance and provide trainings on supporting transgender and gender non-conforming youth.  Please feel free to give GSAFE a call to ask about resources and trainings we can provide.

In 2015, GSAFE and UW-Madison researchers released a qualitative research report that looked at the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming youth in Wisconsin schools.  To read more about that report, click here.

Additionally, Gender Spectrum is a national organization that provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.  They have very useful resources about gender identity and expression specifically.  Recently, they published a very comprehensive guide for schools on how to best support transgender youth.  You can read and download that resource here.

The staff at GSAFE has also put together a couple of terminology resources for educators to help them teach their students, co-workers, and the community the preferred terminology within the LGBTQ+ community.  Click here to view the Transgender Terminology sheet, and click here to view general terminology sheet related to LGBTQ+ identity.

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“​Chippewa Falls Middle School’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive place for all of our students to learn and grow together. The Safe Space training from GSAFE provided staff with valuable resources to become more aware of how to be a better gender inclusive school!​” – Susan Kern, Middle School Principal