Posts Tagged "education"
Question from Anonymous
Do you have any tips for a college student on their 5th year of college and finding very little motivation to do their homework? I might fail a class this semester, and, if I fail it, I'll lose my financial aid. That should be enough motivation for me to do my homework, but I just can't. I'm so tired of college. I'm supposed to graduate in May, but I just can't find any more strength in me. I feel so spent right now.
It is so incredibly hard to find resources on trans laws. At my school, if my GSA celebrates trans awareness month by putting up infographics and famous trans* individuals on our board, is it possible for them to take it down? Are there laws protecting us (in Massachusetts, by the way)?
Question from Anonymous
Thank you for your advise. This man is a Professor at a MAJOR university. When I contacted them, I was told it was consensual and there was nothing they could do about it because of tenure. I stated I didn't question the consensual aspect of the relationship, but the aftermath. My son is 19 and the Prof is older. I also know he provided alcohol to my son and his friends at various times. I know the laws, but I can't find anyone to step up and validate our complaints. Thoughts?
Question from Anonymous
My son is bisexual. There's no problem there. We love him. We are happy. The problem lies in a guy he dated who is in a supervisor position over him. My son broke it off because this guy is a bully and narcissist. Now this guy is bullying him and trying in every way possible to hurt him. Using slurs, cyber bullying and controlling tactics to hurt him. How do we deal with this as parents. He has crossed legal lines yet we get no help in reporting this. Is there help for him in this situation?
California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday (August 12) signed into law Assembly Bill 1266, which is designed to ensure that transgender students can fully participate in all school activities, sports teams, programs, and facilities that match their gender identity.
Brown’s action came on Trans Advocacy Day, when a number of transgender people and their allies were in Sacramento.
"It’s very exciting," bill author Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said in a brief phone call to the Bay Area Reporter . “I’m flabbergasted.”
The bill, known as the School Success and Opportunity Act, was signed the day before the deadline for Brown to take action.
Ammiano, a gay San Francisco Democrat, had released a statement early Monday asking the governor “to do the right thing.”
"While many California school children are already protected by policies in some of our biggest school districts, other districts don’t seem to understand that transgender students should have equal access to all programs and facilities," stated Ammiano.
A transgender student in Arcadia, California recently won a federal complaint based on the school district’s failure to give him access to boys’ facilities at his school, Ammiano’s office noted. AB 1266 seeks to avoid lawsuits by specifying school districts’ obligations.
The law, which is the first of its kind in the country, goes into effect January 1.
"The gender identity of these kids needs to be respected and they shouldn’t have to sue to make it happen," said Ammiano.
In a news release, Transgender Law Center Executive Director Masen Davis said, “Now, every transgender student in California will be able to get up in the morning knowing that when they go to school as their authentic self they will have the same fair chance at success as their classmates.”
Calen Valencia, an 18-year-old transgender student from Tulare, said in the news release, “I’m so excited that California is making sure transgender students have a fair chance to graduate and succeed. I should have graduated this year, but my school refused to give me the same opportunity to succeed as other boys. Now other transgender youth won’t have to choose between being themselves and graduating high school.”
According to the news release, “California law already prohibits discrimination in education, but transgender students have been often discriminated against and unfairly excluded from physical education, athletic teams, and other school activities, and facilities.”
The exclusion has a negative impact on students’ ability to graduate. For example, TLC and other backers of AB 1266 stated, “physical education credits are required to graduate, but transgender students often do not have the support they need to fully participate in the courses.”
A coalition of organizations, including Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, supported the bill.
Scholarships for LGBT Students
A growing number of scholarship efforts are devoted exclusively to helping students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Some scholarships are available nationally, while others are exclusively reserved for students from specific geographic regions. Unique student populations like LGBT are traditionally under-represented in higher education, so dedicated scholarships and grants are used to increase enrollment in college programs.
Targeted segments of the student body benefit from LGBT financial aid initiatives that each address specific types of individuals within the LGBT community. Groups that are excluded from higher education face formidable social challenges, so a growing number of LGBT scholarship opportunities reflect the trend toward diversity and tolerance within the academic community.
Non-traditional students qualify for traditional college financial aid too; like Pell Grants and other federal assistance. Student-specific scholarships are supplemental resources that help LGBT university students, after other financial aid is spent. Like other scholarship-seekers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender financial aid candidates are well-served by a top-down approach toward student assistance. Gays first land free-money federal grants, like FSEOGand Pell, then tackle state resources and other college funding reserved for LGBT applicants.
LGBT advocacy organizations are primary resources for LGBT scholarships. These examples shine a light on educational assistance opportunities for LGBT college students:
- Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships (also known as FLAGS) rewards community-minded students with scholarships in varying amounts. Awards are issued based on financial need and academic performance.
- The LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarship Fund is for graduating high school seniors who have identified themselves as LGBT. Qualification is based on GPA and community involvement.
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force administers the Messenger-Anderson Journalism Scholarship and Internship Program which offers $10,000 scholarships to LGBT students who are studying journalism and communications at four-year colleges. Scholarship recipients are also required to take part in a summer internship program in Washington, D.C.
- The Point Foundation provides scholarships in varying amounts to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. Of particular interest to scholarship administrators is the ability to help those students whose sexual orientation has led them to be isolated and/or abandoned by family, friends, and separated from traditional support systems.
- Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund (TSELF) is for students who have identified themselves as transgender and are pursuing careers in religion, social services, healthcare, law, and education. Scholarships are sponsored by the International Foundation for Gender Education.
- ZAMI Nobla (National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging) is active in promoting African American women’s causes – including higher education.
- Just Out Scholarships are offered to children of “sexual minority” parents living in the states of Oregon and Washington. Scholarship preference is given to rural applicants, and dollar amounts vary.
- The Equity Foundation administers a handful of GLBT scholarships: Orchard-Hoyman Fund, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Pride Scholarship, and Pride of the Rose Scholarship. Applications are accepted from students living in Oregon and Southern Washington.
- The Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men awards multiple $5,000 scholarshipsand one $20,000 scholarship annually, to gay male students from the five-county Philadelphia region and gay males coming to study in the Philly area.
- LGBT Asian American students living in the Bay Area qualify for unique scholarships. George Choy Memorial Scholarship/Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Award is worth $1,000 annually, to a student with an outstanding academic record.
- The Harvey Milk/Tom Homann Gay and Lesbian Student Scholarship awards scholarships ranging in value from $250 to $1,000 to San Diego area LGBT students.
- The Matthew Shephard Scholarship Foundation was established to support the educational pursuits of visible GLBT Iowa students. The educational assistance is also issued to raise awareness about homophobia and social violence.
Children of LGBT Parents
Some scholarships and grants specifically benefit the huge population of students who are raised in LGBT households. Promoting diversity and increasing college enrollment among children of LGBT individuals is accomplished through dedicated educational philanthropy. Children of LGBT households land scholarships like these:
- Two $1,000 awards are distributed annually, to winners of the Lee Dubin Memorial Scholarships. Applicants possess at least one parent that identifies with the LGBT community. Awards issued by Colage favor students involved socially; especially in activities that showcase positive alternative family values.
- Joseph Towner Fund specifically encourages higher education among students of LGBT parents, in the San Francisco area. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students who are committed to support for alternative families, but who have nevertheless faced significant social or emotional challenges growing up in gay-parent households.
Graduate and Post-Graduate Students
- Maylon-Smith Scholarship Award is issued by the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues, a division of the American Psychological Association. Up to $1,000 goes to assist each winning graduate student researching issues that affect the LGBT community.
- The Lesbian Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association provides $500 scholarships to lesbian students who are doing graduate level or Ph.D. dissertation research in lesbian studies.
- The Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association offers the Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize to reward the scholarly writing of graduate students.