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Recommended citations: 
Movement Advancement Project, GLSEN, and National Center for Transgender Equality. September 2018. "Transgender Youth in Schools." (Date of Access).

Movement Advancement Project. January 2017. "Talking About Transgender Students & School Access." Talking About Messaging Series. (Date of Access).

Movement Advancement Project. "Equality Maps: Safe Schools. " (Date of Access).

The Bottom Line

As students return to school, transgender students confront a wave of attacks that undermine their ability to learn in educational settings free of bullying and harassment. MAP and GLSEN announced a national Safe Schools campaign and public service advertisement, “Hallway,” to build support for creating safe schools for transgender students in K-12 schools nationwide.

GLSEN, along with MAP have have launched the Safe Schools Movement campaign to encourage parents, educators, youth, and policymakers to advocate for safe schools for LGBTQ youth.

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Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

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