Local News
7:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Takeaways From The Louisville Forum's 'Growing Up Transgender' Panel

Henry Brousseau speaks at the Louisville Forum.
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The Louisville Forum's “Growing Up Transgender” discussion on Wednesday focused on the complex controversies and conversations that surround gender identity.

Nearly 100 people attended the forum at Vincenzo's in downtown Louisville.  The panelists were:

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Local News
12:45 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Louisville Forum Is Adding a Transgender Panelist to the 'Growing Up Transgender' Discussion

Henry Brousseau
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The Louisville Forum has added a transgender student to its panel discussion on transgender issues.

LGBTQ and transgender activists recently criticized the the nonpartisan discussion group's July 9 "Growing Up Transgender" panel because it did not include a transgender person.

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Local News
3:05 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Louisville Forum on Transgender Issues Doesn't Include Any Transgender Panelists

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The Louisville Forum's July discussion will tackle the issue of growing up transgender in Louisville—though none of the four panelists are transgender.

The move has prompted criticism from some LGBTQ and transgender activists and writers.

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4:26 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Atherton High School Finalizes Anti-Discrimination Policies For Transgender Students

Atherton High School
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Transgender students at Atherton High School who wish to use a restroom that correlates to their gender identity now may do so under protection of a new school  policy.

The school’s decision making council voted 8-1 on Thursday to adopt Policy 500, which was modeled after a Los Angeles Unified School District rule that gives students the freedom to choose which restroom they feel most comfortable using.

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Strange Fruit
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Strange Fruit: 'The New Black' Film Looks at Marriage Equality in Maryland

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Last week we were invited by the Muhammad Ali Center to host a talkback panel after a screening of "The New Black," a film looking at how LGBTQ activism, the black church, homophobia, and queer people of color affected the fight for marriage equality in Maryland.

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7:50 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Louisville's Transgender Students: What Happens When Schools Are Accepting

Kaleb Fischbach
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In the past week, we've heard from  some of Louisville's transgender students—about coming out, about "passing," and the importance of communication in schools.

Today, we hear from Kaleb Fischbach, a duPont Manual High School student, about what happens when a school is accepting of who he is. 

He says Manual students have been "awesome."

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6:53 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The (Slow) Progress to Understanding of Transgender Students in Louisville and Beyond

The Genderbread Person was created by author Sam Killerman. It helps explain what being transgender means.
Credit Sam Killermann

Over the years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender—LGBT—people have fought for equal rights in the courts, city halls, and state capitols.

But perhaps one of the most important places to have this conversation is in schools, where many students first realize who they are.

In Louisville, that conversation has been taking place around transgender student rights and it started at Atherton High School.

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7:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Louisville's Transgender Students: A Different Type of 'Passing' in School

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In our ongoing series this week we're speaking with Louisville students to better understand what it means to be transgender in school.  

Today, we're discussing the concept of "passing"—when a person who is considered part of one group is accepted as a member of another.

Today, we'll discuss what it means to "pass" as another gender. Like the proper use of pronouns—which we learned about from Louisville Collegiate student Henry Brousseau—passing as the gender they identify with is important for transgender students.

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9:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Louisville's Transgender Students: How Schools Are Places Of Support And Stress

Max St. John says the teachers and staff at his school have been supportive since he came out as transgender.

Yesterday, we heard from Henry Brousseau, who talked about the importance of pronoun usage to transgender students. Today, we'll hear from Max St. John who shares his story about what happens when appropriate pronouns aren't used.

St. John attends Doss High School and says staff and teachers have been supportive since he came out as transgender. But the classroom can also be stressful because many students and teachers don't know much about transgender culture.

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9:48 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Louisville's Transgender Students: Henry Brousseau and the Question of Pronouns

Henry Brousseau says it took time for his school to support his decision to come out as transgender.
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Atherton High School is moving toward adopting an anti-discrimination policy that addresses a question: How should schools treat students whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth?

But countless transgender students attend Louisville schools that aren't Atherton—and questions remain. The restroom question that Atherton is addressing is just one.

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