IT'S OK TO SAY THEY: TIPS FOR EDUCATOR ALLIES OF TRANSGENDER AND NONBINARY STUDENTS
ABOUT THE BOOK
How can educators ensure all students—regardless of gender—feel safe, seen, and supported in their classrooms?
Transgender and nonbinary students are at risk in our K-12 schools. These students face almost constant challenges in educational spaces and navigate institutional practices that were not designed to accommodate their gender identities.
It’s OK to Say “They” addresses some of the pervasive challenges that can impact every part of a student’s day:
When teachers refuse to acknowledge a student’s gender identity
When students are assigned to sit by gender in class or on the bus
When a student is not allowed to use facilities or changing rooms that align with their gender identities
When a curriculum does not acknowledge transgender and nonbinary identities
When teachers and school policies use exclusionary gender-based language
Incorporating the real-life experiences of transgender and nonbinary students, It’s OK to Say “They” offers educators practical tools they can use to foster an inclusive environment for transgender and nonbinary students. This easy-to-use guide is a resource for educators and administrators seeking to be better allies to students. By avoiding gendered language practices, designing inclusive curricula, and creating conscientious school policies that take into account the needs of transgender and nonbinary students, educators can create inclusive spaces for students of all genders.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book benefits San Diego LGBT Pride youth programs. Learn more about their work at www.sdpride.org/youth/.