Friday, October 26, 2018

For All Students

I’m grateful to be a part of this amazing community:

Message from Head of School Tom Gibian to our SSFS families: In light of the current administration's proposal to change guidelines regarding how gender is defined—thereby rolling back civil rights that recognize and protect transgender people—the Sandy Spring Friends School community affirms our shared commitment to protecting civil rights for all individuals. As a diverse community inspired by and dedicated to Quaker values of equality and inclusion, we stand in support of transgender people and their right to be accepted and respected in public life. We will continue to be a safe and welcoming space for transgender and gender-nonconforming people, as well as the LGBTQ community as a whole.

For a learning community to be safe, it must be safe for everyone. This isn’t a “sex” issue, a religious issue or an issue of morals. It is a civil rights issue. When you cast your vote for members of the Howard County Board of Education, make sure that the candidates you choose support all students.

My top three are Vicky Cutroneo, Jen Mallo, and Sabina Taj. You may have different selections. All of the candidates who made it through the primary have earned your consideration. Do yourself a favor. Don’t throw away the rights of Howard County trans students on a write-in candidate. You can do better.

And Howard County must do better.

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