SALT LAKE CITY -- A majority of transgender students feel unsafe at school because of their gender, and Dominion Energy is giving $10,000 toward efforts to change that in Utah.
According to GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, nationwide 76% of transgender students feel unsafe at school.
Another 65% experienced verbal harassment, while 25% have been physically harassed, and 12% have been physically assaulted due to their gender expression.
According to Transgender Education Advocates of Utah (TEA) Executive Director Candice Metzler:
"Transgender and gender nonconforming students face real barriers in schools throughout Utah. This includes access to safe school environments and supportive and knowledgeable faculty, staff, and administrators who may be the difference between a child or young adult finishing high school and being positioned to have a successful future.
TEA continues our work to ensure that all Utah students are treated with dignity and given safe spaces to learn and grow, including transgender and gender nonconforming students. We are proud to stand with organizations like Dominion Energy who support this effort and share in this vision."
TEA works to create and maintain affirming policies at Utah schools, and that effort is getting a boost.
“Our company, via the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, is thankful for the work being done by organizations like TEA,” said Craig Wagstaff, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Western Division. “We appreciate the opportunity to help fund more supportive and safer environments for young people who should be experiencing their school years without fear and intimidation. We are proud to be partners in this pursuit.”
Trans students who experience discrimination at school are at a greater risk for homelessness and suicide, according to the 2015 US Transgender Survey. Affirming policies ensures trans youth enjoy the same opportunities as their peers.
For more information or to learn about the ways you can help, visit TeaofUtah.org.