Description - Transgender Educators: Understanding Marginalization through an Intersectional Lens by Michele Dow
This book argues that despite the greater visibility of transgender people today, their lives as professional teachers and administrators remain enormously difficult. Workplace discrimination against transgender educators continues to run rampant, especially outside of the traditionally liberal enclaves. In fact, if their workplace is a safe haven which it rarely is, many transgender educators lead double lives as professionals during the day and marginalized people outside of their workplace. Even the most liberal communities may provide superficial support while continuing to hold longstanding prejudices as this study demonstrates. As a result, nearly 46% of trans educators remain in the closet, and those that are out must endure more subtle yet determined efforts to isolate them. The author's research shows that 100% of survey respondents indicated they believed they were fired or not promoted because of their gender identity. With the rise of students coming out daily to express their fluctuating gender presentation, the author notes the critical importance of strong and supported transgender teacher role models. Written by a transgender woman, this is a highly engaging and timely study of the lives of transgender educators behind the scenes and how you can be an active ally in the fight against transphobia regardless of your profession.
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