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Why This Transgender Teen's Big Victory Matters

Why This Transgender Teen's Big Victory Matters

Wayne Maines was in a meeting when he got the call. His daughter, a transgender teenager who had been fighting the state of Maine for years over her right to use the girls' bathroom at school, had finally won.

“I just broke down right then and there,” he said.

In tears, he called his wife, who texted their daughter, Nicole. She was in a school assembly, and immediately ran to the front of the room to announce the victory. “The whole school got up and cheered,” he recounted. Read more »

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Back To School 2013: A Guide For Parents Of LGBT Kids

Back To School 2013: A Guide For Parents Of LGBT Kids

Hard to believe it's mid-August and in some areas of the country and world, kids have already taken up residence back in the classrooms. I hear ya: big sighs of relief that summer boredom has passed. But as we're celebrating, let's keep in mind how difficult it can be for kids to navigate peer pressure, bullying and judgment after a carefree summer. These kids are our responsibility, so let's buck up and make their transition to the school year as safe and smooth as possible. Which leads me to the gist of this article: how to make the school year safe for your LGBT kid. Read more »

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Scottsdale Artists' School offering scholarships for art education

Scottsdale Artists' School offering scholarships for art education

Partial and full scholarships available at Scottsdale Artists’ School for youth and adult art classes and workshops. Everyone is eligible to apply!
 
Scottsdale Artists’ School invites you to apply for a scholarship to study art.
 
The scholarship application and guidelines can be found here.
 
Adult Programs Read more »

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Coy Mathis Case: Colorado Civil Rights Division Rules In Favor Of Transgender 6-Year-Old In Bathroom Dispute

DENVER — A 6-year-old transgender girl will be able to return to school after winning the right to use the girls' bathroom.

The New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund announced the ruling in favor of Coy Mathis on Sunday. Lawyers plan to explain the ruling Monday in Denver. Read more »

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Scottsdale Artists' School hires new Exec Director- Sherry Sklar

Scottsdale Artists' School hires new Exec Director- Sherry Sklar

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - June 12, 2013 - Scottsdale Artists’ School, a renowned leader in fine art training for artists of all levels, announced today that it has hired Sherry Sklar as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ms. Sklar brings years of experience, passion for the arts and fresh ideas to the Scottsdale Artists’ School.

“Sherry is the right fit at the right time for the Scottsdale Artists’ School,” said Chris Gooch, President of the Board of Trustees. “As the school celebrates its 30th Anniversary, we are excited to have an Executive Director with the rare combination of art and business background to ensure the organization’s next thirty years are equally successful as its first thirty.” Read more »

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Nicole Maines, Transgender Student, Goes To Maine High Court

Nicole Maines, Transgender Student, Goes To Maine High Court

BANGOR, Maine -- Lawyers for a transgender girl and an elementary school that required the fifth-grader to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls restroom clashed before Maine's highest court Wednesday over whether her rights were violated, a case that lays bare the difficult decisions facing school administrators.

The family and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued, but a judge in the state's lower Superior Court ruled that the Orono school district acted within its discretion by requiring her to use a staff bathroom after there was a complaint about the student using the girls bathroom. Read more »

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‘Boy or Girl?’ Gender identity a new challenge for schools

‘Boy or Girl?’ Gender identity a new challenge for schools

CHICAGO — From the time they are born, we put our boys in blue beanies and our girls in pink ones. It’s a societal norm, an expectation even, that you just are what you are born — a boy or a girl.

From early on, we divide toys and activities by very distinct gender lines, with superheroes and trucks and muck on one side and princesses and dolls and all things frilly on the other. Read more »

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Parents of transgender first-grader file discrimination complaint

Parents of transgender first-grader file discrimination complaint

A prominent transgender rights group announced Wednesday that it has filed a discrimination complaint in Colorado on behalf of a first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl.

Last December, school officials at Fountain-Fort Carson School District told Coy Mathis' parents that their child could no longer use the girls' bathroom at Eagleside Elementary.

That shocked her parents, said her mother, Kathryn Mathis.

Coy was born with male sex organs but has, since she could express herself, identified as female. The child had gotten through kindergarten with no problems and no complaints from anyone at the school, Mathis said. Read more »

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Gay students find safe haven at specialty school

Gay students find safe haven at specialty school

When bullying endangers students or causes them to drop out, advocates say programs like Q High can keep children safe and on track academically.

When Kailee Hernandez told her friends at Central High School last year that she's gay, things changed between them.

Girls she was once close to mocked the then-sophomore, acting as if she was hitting on them. When she entered a classroom, they sometimes just stared at her.

Kailee, 15, dropped out before the school year was over.

This fall, she is back in class, at Q High, one of a handful of programs or schools across the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths that offers high-school courses and other activities in what its founders call a harassment-free environment. Read more »

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