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Teacher Training and Support

Data for 2018 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that across the United States today, roughly 300,000 trans students fill the hallways of high schools—and they need the support of their teachers in order to succeed in their educational careers. Those same data indicate that these high schoolers are more likely to experience negative physical and mental health outcomes when compared to their cisgender peers. Students, especially trans students, may be more likely to feel supported and empowered to express their identities and interests at school if educators foster gender-inclusive environments that are affirming and help them move beyond the limitations of gender stereotyping. These types of school environments may facilitate enhanced educational outcomes and well-being of trans students. However, teachers require ...

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