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Superintendent Standpoint: Recognizing and Appreciating Our Transgender Community

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Rebecca Miner This week is National Transgender Awareness Week. In recognition of this, I want to take a moment to express our school district’s appreciation and support of our transgender and gender non-conforming students, staff and community members. Our community is a beautiful tapestry of diversity and that tapestry is made all the more vibrant by your presence. Thank you for being you. We see you and we stand with you.

This week is recognized nationwide to help raise the visibility and support of transgender and gender non-conforming people, as well as address the significant issues they face. A national survey recently found transgender and gender non-conforming students reported higher rates of being verbally and/or physically harassed because of their gender expression than their peers. While this is their current reality, it does not have to be their future.

Our schools and workplaces strive to be accepting and supportive environments. If you experience anything that falls short of that expectation, we encourage you to reach out to an administrator or use our SafeSchools tip line.

I hope our community members will join me this week in reaffirming our commitment and support of our transgender and gender non-conforming community. In Shoreline Schools, we will continue our work in creating an ever safer and inclusive school environment for all students, including our LGBTQ students, and hope you will join us in this effort community-wide. Our kindness and openness to others is one of the great hallmarks of our community. Let us be intentional about sharing that kindness with our transgender and gender non-conforming community this week and every other week of the year. No person deserves anything less than that.


Rebecca Miner