The Past Week in LGBTQ News: DADT, Prop 8, and More
December 6, 2010 - December 12, 2010
- A study has found that gay and lesbian high schoolers face higher risk of sanctions from school authority. (.pdf of study in Pediatrics)
- Anti-LGBTQ hate crimes on the rise among University of Washington System campuses.
- Washington state 19 year old sues Aberdeen school district, arguing that the school's lack of action to protect him from racist and homophobic harassment violated his civil rights.
- Salt Lake City school board passes anti-discrimination, anti-bullying policies.
Whereas, transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth are among the least understood, most marginalized and underserved of populations despite constituting at least one percent of all children and youth; and
Whereas, transgender children who receive the love and support of their families, friends, neighbors, communities, schools and culture have every opportunity to thrive and be successful; and
Whereas, transgender children and youth have identities that are, in every way as authentic, valid and natural as cisgender children and youth; and
Whereas, transgender adolescents deserve access to pediatric medical care and healthcare coverage that affords them the opportunity to experience physical puberty in a way that is congruent with their gender identity; and
Whereas, all Oregon children and youth are guaranteed the right to express their gender identity as they experience it by the Oregon Equality Act, and they have the right to be educated in a safe, respectful and supportive school environment as required by the Oregon Safe School Act.
Now, therefore, I, Sam Adams, Mayor of the City of Portland, Oregon, the “City of Roses,” do hereby proclaim December 5 through December 11, 2010 to be Transgender Child Awareness Week in Portland, and encourage all residents to observe this week.