Pledge: Stand with the Decatur Superintendent & Board of Education in Their Support of Transgender Students

Recently, Decatur City Schools Superintendent David Dude and the Board of Education reiterated their support for school district policies that protect transgender students from discrimination.

These non-discrimination protections have set the standard for other school districts to follow, and Superintendent Dude and the Board of Education should be lauded for their commitment to fostering an atmosphere where all students feel "safe, supported and valued."

Superintendent Dude and the Decatur Board of Education need to hear from you. Use the form below to sign our pledge supporting the District's policy protecting transgender students from discrimination.
 

Our Pledge:

As a resident of Decatur, I would like to thank Superintendent David Dude and the Board of Education for their strong commitment to protecting transgender students from discrimination.

These protections—that transgender students be addressed by their proper pronouns and be allowed to participate equally in school activities—have been in place for more than 10 years, making our school district a nationwide leader when it comes to ensuring that transgender students don't have to face discrimination at school.

That means so much to me, considering they are critical for the health and well-being of transgender students. An overwhelming amount of research shows that withholding this kind of support and protection from our transgender youth contributes to high levels of stress and depression, and contributes to the harassment and violence that is already faced disproportionately by transgender youth.

I am so proud to live in a city that cares so deeply about fostering an educational atmosphere where all students feel "safe, supported and valued," as members of the board wrote so eloquently in the statement released on Sept. 18. I hope the Board will reiterate its support for this longstanding transgender-inclusive non-discrimination policy during the upcoming Board of Education meeting.