The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) applauds President Obama’s actions to protect the rights of transgender students as part of U.S. public schools’ obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The Administration’s new guidance affirms NASP’s long-standing position on necessary policies and practices to support the safety and well-being of all students, including those who are transgender and gender diverse. We are hopeful that this guidance and the accompanying resources regarding emerging practices will result in all school districts adopting the essential policies and practices that ultimately contribute to safe and supportive school environments for all students.
NASP looks forward to supporting school psychologists, other school leaders, and public officials in developing and implementing policies and practices that respect the rights of transgender and gender diverse students. Resources to help in this effort are available below.
- Position Statement: Safe Schools for Transgender and Gender Diverse Students
- Position Statement: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth
- Resolution on Gender and Sexual Orientation Diversity in Children and Adolescents in Schools
- Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy
Professional Development Resources
- Helping Transgender Students Succeed at School and at Home
- Creating an Inclusive School Environment for Transgender and Gender Diverse Students: Tools for Leading Change
- Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students in Schools
Publications and Research
- FAQ: Gender Inclusive Schools: Policy, Law, and Practice
- Dot Brief: Safe and Supportive Schools for LGBTQ Students
- Safe School Environments for Transgender Students
- Keeping Up With Transgender Youth
- Transgender Youth
- Gender and School Psychology: Let’s Talk About Gender
- Therapeutic Work With Gender-Variant Children: What Schools Psychologists Need to Know
- Parents of Youth Who Identify as Transgender: An Exploratory Study
Resources From Allied Organizations
- Montgomery County Public Schools Guidelines Regarding Student Gender Identity Matters
- U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students
- American Psychological Association Division 16: Promoting Resiliency for Gender Diverse and Sexual Minority Students in Schools
- The Trevor Project’s Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention
- GLSEN Model District Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students
Title IX Press Release
Download a PDF version of NASP’s press release applauding President Obama’s actions to protect the rights of transgender students.
New From NASP: Allies for All
Use this digital collection of resources to learn about the needs and experiences of LGBTQI2-S youth.