Supporting Gender Expansive Students in the Time of Covid-19

Mar 26, 2020

The COVID-19 Virus does not see gender. But its impact is likely to put a particular strain on Transgender and nonbinary youth, along with other vulnerable groups including the elderly, low income and undocumented.

This article about trauma informed education in the time of the coronavirus from our friends at Teaching Tolerance is a valuable resource for educators and others working with transgender and nonbinary youth. In the best of times, transgender and nonbinary youth often face a hostile world where it is a challenge to just be who they are. This is especially so when it comes to health-related issues, including accessing care.

As the pandemic grows, this lack of safety will be compounded by growing stress and health threats. As you read this article, consider how you can help students handle this stress. How can you help build connection with youth and provide support and a sense of hope knowing that the fear and uncertainty your students face may also include a family that doesn’t affirm their gender?

Research tells us that just one supportive adult can make a tremendous difference in a young person’s life. That support can be offered online, in texts and phone calls. It can be about connecting young people to online communities. Gender Spectrum is offering online programs, online groups for youth and adults, and other organizations are doing the same. See our Covid-19 resources page for details.

And remember, you may not always know which students are transgender and nonbinary. Make sure you share resources with all students.

Thank you for all you do and please take care of yourself as you are there for your students. We here at Gender Spectrum are in awe of all you have done and continue to do for young people.