TransGriot Note: While doing research for another post, I stumbled across a site with this Draft Transgendered Children’s Bill of Human Rights. It was penned by Natacha Kennedy, who got the inspiration for it from an original idea by Trans Youth Family Allies.
Transgendered children have the right;
· to be called by a name they recognise as their own and to have the personal pronoun (he/she) which they prefer used to describe them,
· to be accepted by everyone as the gender they prefer,
· to appear on the outside the way they feel on the inside,
· to live with their parents, not be taken away because of their gender identities and to have their parents informed about gender identity issues
· to know that they are transgendered, even if they decide to conceal their gender identities from adults, and to know that they are not weird, deviant, unacceptable or evil.
· not to be abused, teased or bullied by other children or adults for being transgendered,
· to be supported by all adults working with them in school and other support services,
· to be taught by teachers who understand the nature of gender identity in transgendered children, and to be given the language with which to talk about themselves.
· to be in a school where other pupils have been taught about gender identity and where they can feel safe,
· to wear whatever clothes make them feel comfortable,
· to decide which toilet to use and which clubs or sports teams to join,
· to learn about other people whose gender identities are different from the majority of people,
· to go through puberty in a way which is acceptable to them,
· to be given the same opportunities to succeed in their education as all other children,
· to self-determination, dignity, respect, non-interference, to make informed personal decisions,
· to a voice in any situations where decisions are being made about their future.