Posts Tagged ‘education’

Victory for Arcadia Trans Student!

July 24, 2013 By Josh Steichmann
Photo by Daniel Lin

Photo by Daniel Lin

Arcadia Settles With Transgender Student; To Apply District-Wide Protections For Transgender Students

The Arcadia Unified School District has settled with a transgender boy over the discriminatory treatment he received on a school camping trip (PDF of the settlement here.)

The boy, represented by our friends at the NCLR, won districtwide accommodations for not just himself, but every transgender student in the district. Arcadia USD will now join districts like LAUSD and San Francisco USD in making sure that transgender students aren’t excluded from activities, sports and facilities just because of who they are.

Congressmember Judy Chu, whose district includes Arcadia, said: “Teenage years are hard enough to navigate when the only concerns are making friends and learning the lessons of the day. But those challenges are compounded when a teenager happens to be LGBT, and basic notions of equal treatment are brought into question. The fact that this young man was excluded from using school facilities is regrettable to say the least, but thanks to his decision to act and not accept the circumstances he faced, others will not face the same discrimination.”

The United States investigated this complaint under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Both Title IX and Title IV prohibit discrimination against students based on sex.
Under the settlement agreement, the district will:
•         work with a consultant to support and assist the district in creating a safe, nondiscriminatory learning environment for students who are transgender or do not conform to gender stereotypes;
•         amend its policies and procedures to reflect that gender-based discrimination, including discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, transgender status, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes, is a form of discrimination based on sex; and
•         train administrators and faculty on preventing gender-based discrimination and creating a nondiscriminatory school environment for transgender students.

More from LGBT Weekly.

The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), authored by Tom Ammianno and sponsored by EQCA, NCLR, ACLU of California, the GSA Network and Transgender Law Center, would mean that instead of having to fight each school district in court, all California school districts would have sane, safe policies for ending the exclusion of transgender students. Urge Gov. Brown to sign the School Success and Opportunity Act by filling out our action alert.

Photograph by Daniel Lim

Equality Roundup: Farewell, Huell & Welcome Back, Advocate

January 7, 2013 By Josh Steichmann

huell howser the advocate print magazineIs It 2013 Already?

What with a new Executive Director, HanuKwanzMas and New Years, we’ve been a little bleary around the edges, but there’s already news worth recapping in 2013:

Our new ED John O’Connor is hard at work.

AFER sent us a save-the-date invite to oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop. 8) for March 26. Clear your calendars and save us room on your dance card.

In sad California news, Huell Howser, the good-golly host of California Gold, has died at 67. Howser was not publicly out, but was well known to be gay, and unfortunately his passing ends speculation of an imminent declaration from him.

The Advocate is coming back to print. For the journos and oldos amongst us, the idea of a seminal mag returning to print after a couple year sojourn brings a tear to the eye.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bella and Alice present FAIR at Birmingham Community Charter High School for the GSA

October 19, 2012 By Guest Contributor
Students love EQCA and FAIR!

Students at Birmingham Community High School learn about FAIR from EQCA

My name’s Alice Vardanian, and I’m a volunteer at Equality California. I got started one fine day when a lady wearing a shirt that read “EQCA” across it swooped me up off my feet and got me into this whole mess. It’s a good mess, for sure. I’m only 16 years old, the youngest regular volunteer. Ever since then, for about 4-5 months now, I’ve been volunteering at EQCA almost every week at the gay pride parades, phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, and all throughout EQCA’s fight for SB 1172  and the FAIR Education Act. Last week, field organizer Bella Week and I gave a presentation at my school on the FAIR Education Act. Read the rest of this entry »