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Guest Post From TYFA's Kim Pearson: Pennies From Heaven

We here at Pam’s House Blend don’t usually run front page asks for donations on Pam’s House Blend, but we’re making an exception for this ask for donations from TransYouth Family Allies. It’s case specific, and the case seems pretty darn important to a couple of us baristas.

Thumbnail Link: TransYouth Family AlliesWhen this story, highlighted in Kim’s piece below, fully breaks with the filing of the impending lawsuit, we will be covering the case in depth.

Creating space for our broader community’s youth is one of the main reasons I’m persoanlly an activist, and this case — and the ask for donations — specifically is on point about creating space for transyouth.


Crossposted from TransYouth Family Allies.

By Kim Pearson

Executive Director, TransYouth Family Allies

Image: Kim Pearson, Executive Director of TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA)Those of you who follow my Facebook may be aware that I made an emergency trip to Kansas this week. A school there was refusing to recognize a 10 year old transgender girls gender identity. They were requiring her to attend school as male and wouldn’t budge.

I met with a school across town and they were happy to have her and wanted to learn how to make her school experience safe and productive. We registered her and expected that she would start school later in the week. I flew home to AZ.

Now the district administration has become involved and informed the parents (two moms) that their child will not be accommodated at ANY SCHOOL in their district. The child must present male or gender neutral, must use a male name and male restroom. The reason given is that to do otherwise would “interfere with the learning environment”.

We are going to file suit against this school system . TYFA has retained the best attorney in KS with experience in GLBT discrimination. We need to raise an estimated $25,000 (or more) to litigate this case. I am calling this fund raising effort “Pennies From Heaven”. Make any donation amount but end it with .01 (example 20.01) so that we know you are donating for the KS Defence Fund. Are you with me here?

It is time to take back our schools for gender variant students everywhere and we are going to start in Kansas.


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