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Navigating gender identity at school

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School leaders across the country are talking more with students and families about pronoun use, bathrooms and other facets of gender identity. The conversations are vital to building a safe space for all children.

In the foreground, a marcher holds a gay pride flag
As gender and sexual identity have evolved, many teachers and families don't really know how to talk about it.
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According to several studies, LGBTQ students are more likely to be bullied and harassed, which can lead to a higher risk of suicide.

Those students often turn to teachers or school staff for help. Someone who is supportive and creates a safe place for these students can make a big difference, said Kelly Holstine, director of educational equity at OutFront Minnesota.

But as gender and sexual identity have evolved, many teachers and families don't really know how to talk about it.

Holstine, a teacher-turned-advocate, and Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, a pediatrician specializing in gender health, joined host Angela Davis to explain how to navigate talking with children about gender and how to create an inclusive environment for all students at school.

Guests:

Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, pediatrician and medical director of Children’s Minnesota’s Center for Gender Health

Kelly Holstine, director of educational equity at OutFront Minnesota

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