I reached out to my district’s school board today. With the elections coming up next Tuesday and a seat being contested by two candidates, I decided that now was the time to make it clear, to both incoming and current school board members that I intend to see a more inclusive policy in place.
You can too. You don’t need to have a trans child to reach out to your school district. You don’t have to have a gender diverse child to be able to insure and demand that your school board officials adopt an inclusive policy that respects the rights of these already marginalized students.
So here’s an easy step-by-step tutorial on how you can change your district for the better, even though you don’t have a trans child. For instructional purposes only, I’ll be using the notorious Township High School District 211 in Palatine.
Don't get discouraged if some don't respond, or if some respond negatively. Some candidates and current board members may even ask to meet with you and talk it over some more. If you're worried about this happening, always feel free to reach out for support. Illinois Safe School Alliance is always happy to support, educate, and if necessary, take on a battle.
The important thing is that you did something, something that will have a huge and lasting impact. The decision to adopt an inclusive, affirming policy in your school district versus an outdated or possibly even harmful policy will happen, maybe not this month, but soon. And your email may sway votes on the side of acceptance.
I hope mine certainly do!
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