“Trans” film can be a much-needed resource for educators

On November 27, One Colorado Education Fund and the Denver Film Society will present Trans, a feature documentary that provides a personal look at the lives of transgendered people: the highs and lows, joys and challenges. Public school teachers and support staff who work with students of all ages may find the film an important resource for their schools.

The showing of Trans begins at 7:00 pm, November 27, at the Denver Film Center at 2510 East Colfax Avenue in downtown Denver. Tickets are $12 ($10 for Film Society members). A panel discussion will follow at approximately 8:30 pm.

CEA is a sponsor of this special event, along with the Colorado Public Health Association, Gender Identity Center of Colorado, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. (Tickets)

Why do we recommend this film to our members? Because our Association believes that a great public school is a fundamental right of every student – a school free from intimidation and harassment and safe for everyone including students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered.

We know that all students are more likely to learn and succeed in safe, supportive environments. Unfortunately, safety can be an issue for children and teens who are seen as different because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. From the earliest grades, students routinely use homophobic language, and verbal taunts often escalate to physical confrontations.

The effects of bullying, harassment, and discrimination are obvious to educators, administrators, and parents. Students who are subjected to frequent harassment do less well academically, and are much more likely to be truant or drop out of school, be depressed or suicidal, consume drugs or alcohol, or carry a weapon to school.

As an organization, we are committed to addressing the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students. That’s why we provide information and resources, such as the documentary Trans, for educators to create great schools for every student.

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