Mission

Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action.

Our Approach

Trans Student Educational Resources is your organization for contacting schools, getting information, and taking action! We supply trans resources and provide support for creating change in your school and beyond.
We speak at conferences, train teachers, collaborate with other advocacy organizations, host the only national trans youth activist summit, support trans-related events, provide leadership training for trans youth, host scholarships for trans students, publish materials about trans education, help create transgender policies, and promote trans representation in media.

Our Positions

ASTERISK

There is nothing inherently problematic with the asterisk but it’s often applied in inaccessible, binarist, and transmisogynist ways. It is unnecessary and should not be used. Claiming the asterisk itself is fundamentally oppressive denies accountability and ignores the culture of binarism and transmisogyny that affects the community. People also often misattribute its history to cisgender and binarist people.

Black trans lives are often left out of the conversation on police violence.

JUSTICE

“Rights” (leading to equality) do not grant transgender people justice or liberation. 
This is not to say “queer” is more radical or correct than “gay.” This is simply because “queer” includes more people. When we hear “gay rights” we assume white rich gay cisgender men’s rights.

Police profile trans people (particularly trans women of color) for walking while transcarrying condoms, or having documents that do not “match” their appearance. We must take steps to end this violence. Undoing the violence starts with ending the monopoly that the police have on the legal use of force. 

Every person has different identities, needs, and abilities. These need to be supported, which cannot be done the same way for every person. Additionally, equality means that trans students would just have the same access to the broken education system as their peers, a system that we would rather see restructured and improved as a whole than see ourselves assimilated to.