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Transgender Children, Teaching Early Acceptance, and the Heckler’s Veto

Studies in Law, Politics, and Society

ISBN: 978-1-78714-344-9, eISBN: 978-1-78714-343-2

Publication date: 10 May 2017


In recent years, school districts have faced numerous questions surrounding accommodations of transgender students. Strong objections to accommodations have been voiced in public argument and litigation, primarily in the areas of athletics, bathrooms, and dress codes. As younger transgender students express their gender identity at school, however, the existing objections are weakened by considering the context of elementary rather than high school students. Greater numbers of young transgender students will likely encourage accommodation of trans students of all ages, as well as challenge the gender binary unconsciously taught in school.




Thanks to attendees at Law and Society 2016 and LatCrit Critical Constitutionalism Conference for helpful questions and feedback, and to Kayla Snowberger for her excellent work as research assistant.


Purvis, D.E. (2017), "Transgender Children, Teaching Early Acceptance, and the Heckler’s Veto", Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 72), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 219-252.



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