The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is presenting the symposium, Transgender and Genderqueer Public School Students: School Safety in an Era of Uncertainty, on July 27 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in The Old Judiciary Room at The Capitol. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will follow the symposium. This program qualifies for CLE credit.
This event will provide educators and attorneys the opportunity to identify and discuss law which protects LGBTQA+ students from unlawful discrimination and discriminatory bullying in the schools.
Panelists will review and discuss best practices regarding education, advocacy, and protection for transgender and genderqueer students in public schools. In accordance with the mission of the CHRO, the event is intended to inform attendees about the protections afforded these students by human rights statutes in the state of Connecticut and to provide a forum of equal opportunity and justice that they establish. Panelists include:
Robin McHaelen, Executive Director, True Colors Inc. – Robin McHaelen has been an advocate for LGBTQ youth in Connecticut for many years, and regularly provides workshops and training on sexuality and gender diversity for students and professionals alike. Her talk will draw from her work with True Colors, and touch specifically on how schools might address the needs of transgender and genderqueer/nonconforming students (i.e. students who chose not to identify as either male or female).
Dustin Rader, English Teacher, Canton High School – Dustin Rader was named to NBC Out’s #Pride30 list for 2017 recognizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer change makers nationwide. He will speak about transgender-related experiences in schools.
Michael Roberts, CHRO Human Rights Attorney; CT Equality Coalition member – Michael Roberts will give a short presentation on anti-discrimination protections on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Alix Simonetti, CHRO Human Rights Attorney; CT Equality Coalition member – Alix Simonetti will provide opening remarks on the historical context for the symposium’s discussion.
Karla Vasquez, President. CT Association of School Psychologists – Karla Vasquez will speak about the psychological resources available to transgender and genderqueer students in public schools.
If you require any further information or accommodations, please contact Thomas.Reid@ct.gov