Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies


The focus issue addressed in this Capstone Project is acknowledgement of transgender students and lack of gender identity education in California public schools. These are important issues for transgender students, their families, and the LGBTQIA+ community because they help address and prevent the discrimination, violence, and academic barriers they face. Primary stakeholder perspectives were obtained from two parents, one parent on the school board, and one transgender high school student, because of their first hand experiences with the systemic flaws in our public education when it comes to transgender youth. Three action options emerged from an analysis of the data and are explored as ways to address the issues presented. Training all school staff is argued to be the most effective way to achieve the goals of representing transgender voices, teaching about gender identity, and supporting identity development.