An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring the board of education and the trustees or sole trustee of every school district to establish policies and procedures regarding the treatment of transgender or gender non-conforming students.
Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Non-Binary (TGNCNB) students are routinely misgendered and denied accommodations based on their gender identity in educational settings. While some large New York school districts have policies to protect TGNCNB young people, most do not.
In 2020, The Trevor Project conducted a survey representing the experiences of over 40,000 LGBTQ youth ages 13-24 across the United States. Below are some key findings:
- 40% of LGBTQ respondents seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth having seriously considered suicide.
- 61% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being prevented or discouraged from using a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
- Transgender and nonbinary youth who reported having pronouns respected by all or most people in their lives attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected.
Overall, many respondents, especially those who self-identify as TGNCNB described being afraid to express their identities at school, reported bullying from their peers, and lacked support from adults.
Affirming schools not only help TGNCNB students in their academic performance and social integration but are shown to keep youth safe by decreasing self-harm behaviors, suicide and many other negative personal impacts. Without affirmative support from teachers and counselors, youth are placed high at-risk of suicide.
The Trevor Project. (2020). National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020 [Data set].