Thursday, August 11, 2016

Esperanza Workshop Helps Welcome Trans Kids Back to School

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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It’s back-to-school time once again, and parents are rushing to gather school supplies, uniforms and/or tuition for the coming school year. Additionally, some parents and guardians are having to take extra precautions this time around to ensure their transgender child is able to navigate school halls and bathrooms safely and affirmingly in light of transphobic rhetoric that attempts to dominate the transgender conversation. To assist in the daunting and otherwise scary transition, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center will host “Son Tus Niños También: Trans Kids Back to School,” a plática, parent panel and workshop for parents of trans students, their children and teachers. Part of the Esperanza’s Queer Corazones Series, the workshop will include speakers ranging from legal experts to school administrators to counselors in an attempt to encompass the legal, operational and social concerns that arise when trans students return to school. Former City Councilwoman Patti Radle, current president of the board of trustees of San Antonio Independent School District, will take part in the discussion. The parent panel will include Elinor Goodwin, Dustin Metzler, Marlo Bearden, Belinda Treviño and Lori Ann Castillo. Advocacy and acceptance will be among the themes discussed throughout the event. Allies are welcome. Free, 6-9pm Sat, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave., (210) 228-0201, esperanzacenter.org

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