Topics in the News:
LGBTQ rights

Feature stories | January 3, 2019 >>

What started two years ago as a club for LGBTQ students at IS 187 in Borough Park, Brooklyn, has quickly evolved into a group devoted to self-awareness and social advocacy that promotes tolerance and acceptance of difference.

Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 >>

There’s a new mural outside 751M in the East Village that staff members say captures the diversity, individuality and love of the nearly 60 students who created it.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018 >>

The UFT will provide accessible gender-neutral restrooms in all its facilities.

Feature stories | March 1, 2018 >>

Teachers and students at PS 3 in the West Village explore assumptions about gender on Tutu Tuesdays, when they wear non-traditional clothing and accessories, like tutus for men and boys and ties for women and girls.

Testimony | September 14, 2017 >>

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds and UFT Director of Community and Parent Outreach Anthony Harmon testified before the City Council on Education regarding reporting from the Department of Education on Gender and Sexuality Alliances.

Around the UFT | August 3, 2017 >>

Two hundred UFT members joined the city's annual Pride March down Fifth Avenue in June.

National education and labor news | July 6, 2017 >>

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin violated the rights of a transgender student, Ashton Whitaker, when it refused to let him use the boys’ bathroom.

News stories | July 6, 2017 >>

Republicans joined Democrats in a tough grilling of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the devastating impact of President Trump’s proposal to slash $9.2 billion from the 2018 education budget in a Senate hearing on June 6.

National education and labor news | June 1, 2017 >>

One-fifth of middle and high school students have reported being bullied at school, according to a new report by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Justice Department.

President's perspective | June 1, 2017 >>

The inspiring address by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II at our Spring Conference on May 13 couldn’t have come at a better time.

Editorials | June 1, 2017 >>

Students should feel safe and supported in our schools, no matter what else is going on in their lives — or in the nation.

Feature stories | May 4, 2017 >>

At the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, policies designed to foster mutual respect and cultivate empathy among students of different backgrounds paved the way for practices specific to the needs of transgender people.

National education and labor news | April 6, 2017 >>

The U.S. Supreme Court has directed a lower court to reconsider its ruling allowing a transgender boy access to the boys’ bathroom at his high school, citing the Trump administration’s recent revocation of federal guidance on the matter. 

Feature stories | February 2, 2017 >>

Outside the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, the words “boy” and “girl” are carved in stone above two entrances. But for many who pass beneath those signs, gender isn’t that simple.

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