DADD recognizes its responsibility to extend our research, service, and teaching to fully include students and educators who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. We denounce homophobic and transphobic attitudes, cultures, practices, and policies that threaten and inflict harm on the LGBTQ+ population. We recognize that systems, policies, practices, and attitudes within education have threatened and harmed transgender and non-binary individuals. Historically trans people have been victimized, brutalized, and murdered. This targeting continues and today there are laws in place or being proposed that strip this population of their rights. DADD seeks to uplift and highlight this community.
Recently President Biden publicly announced his support for the transgender community in the United States. We join this effort by asking our members to leverage their scholarship, platforms, and networks in pursuit of justice for the transgender and non-binary community. We also urge educators to connect with each other, as well as with communities outside of education, in support of the trans and non-binary community.
Organizations like ours have the expertise to make a difference, and we hope others will join us as we embrace responsibility for this in our educational system.
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