NOTE FROM MICHAEL TO BOARD
STATUS: This was a Program that was proposed by Mae (now Mason) Dunn. It was not put into action at the time. The current status is “pending discussion”.
SUMMARY: TMII would become involved in educational institutions.
MY THOUGHTS: I’d like to discuss this as a Board.
a. Non-Discrimination Policy Language
b. Implementing a Trans-Friendly Policy
c. GLBT student organizations.
II. The three “A’s”: Applications/Admissions/Administration
a. Gender: “Male or Female”
b. Physical/Mental Health Issues
d. What does a Trans-Friendly form look like, and why does it matter?
a. How to train your faculty and administration?
b. How to educate your students in Trans identities?
c. And what about the parents?
IV. Other things to consider
a. The diversity of gender identities
b. Why does this matter?
c. Speakers index: You don’t have to do this alone.
d. Glossary of terms
1. GSA’s – Yeah, ok I don’t much care for the name (although I started a GSA that was the Gender and Sexual Diversity Alliance), but they typically consider themselves Trans-accepting. This is usually only in high schools, but they apply in colleges as well. I usually either approach the faculty advisor (for high schools), or the student in charge (for colleges). It might behoove us to start this kind of reach out before and in honor of the Trans Day of Remembrance. That gives schools a good launching point for a Trans-education campaign.
2. Health Classes – This applies to both univerisites and high schools. It will totally depend on the teacher/professor, but many schools these days do a segment on GLBTI health. They usualyl only talk about the GLB aspect, and very little T, which needs to change. Start with schools in your area, and the teachers will spread the word on this.
3. Our Whole Lives – I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this program, but it’s done through the UU Church and it’s targeted towards middle school kids. I’ve done a panel for this program several times, and it’s a great way to get information out.
4. PFLAG – I know you’re familiar with PFLAG, so I won’t get into that, but they are always looking for speakers. Whenever I speak for PFLAG I always mention TMII and bring brochures with me. I usually leave a brochure or two with someone in charge, and give them out to anyone who asks for one.
5. Gender classes (Colleges) – I literally did this, and know it works. Look at colleges in your area and find their list of classes. See if they have a gender class (sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc). Then I email the professors, and explain that I’m a lecturer for gender diversity and, I’m not sure if they go into Trans identities, but if they are interested in a Trans speaker coming to thier class I would be more than happy. I’ve gotten SEVERAL lecture gigs from this method. Yeah, it’s kinda in your face and whatnot, but it totally works.
6. Resource Centers (Colleges) – Some schools have GLBTIQ resource centers. Ask if you can give them brochures for their resource center. Small, but it works.