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Here’s why schools need to better understand and support their trans students

Here’s why schools need to better understand and support their trans students

Trans Schools Inclusion

GSN caught up with trans advocates Fox Fisher and Juno Dawson at Stonewall’s recent Education for All conference at the QEII center in Westminster, London, on Friday.

The two attended to participate in discussions about trans issues in schools and the challenges faced by young people coming to terms with their gender identity.

Filmmaker Fisher said that he thinks it’s easier to be trans nowadays because it’s a topic that’s far more in the public eye – and yet there is much more that schools need to be doing to support young people.

‘Not supporting a young person who is saying they have gender issues or sexuality issues, even to do nothing, is a form of abuse, because you’re not helping someone.’

He also offered advice on how he sought support when he was struggling with his own gender identity.

‘Get yourself online if you haven’t already. For me personally, when I was coming out, it was YouTube videos that really helped.’

Author Dawson says that when she was younger she spent a lot of time ‘trying on different identities … but there’s nothing wrong with that … answering the question of who you are takes a life time.’

She says that when she was younger she spent a lot of time ‘trying on different identities … but there’s nothing wrong with that … answering the question of who you are takes a life time.’

‘There’s no one way to be trans, there’s no one way to be non-binary, there’s no one way to be gay or lesbian or bisexual in school.’

Watch the video below.