Queen Anne Elementary Gender Identity Statement
The ideal school environment is welcoming and supportive, where bullying and teasing are not permitted and where children are actively taught to celebrate diﬀerences. Harassment and discrimination on the basis of a student’s actual or perceived gender identity or expression is expressly prohibited here at QAE. Demeaning racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic jokes and comments will be challenged. Silence signals consent to the act of discrimination.
Childhood and adolescence are considered critical periods of identity formation. During this time, gender and sexuality are understood as fluid and their accompanying expressions may change frequently. Strict gender roles and sex role stereotyping can severely limit a child’s natural gender expression.
Understanding issues related to gender identity is critical in creating a safe, caring, welcoming, and inclusive school. It is vital in supporting the health and well-being of transgender and transsexual students and their families.
At QAE, we are committed to awareness and education with gender diversity, in order to help every student feel validated and celebrated.