Tuesday, October 4, 2016

AJC: For Teacher, gender transition is lesson for others in acceptance

My note:  These teenagers at Dunwoody HS could give a lesson to many adults on understanding and acceptance....

By Marlon A. Walker - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Updated: 10:21 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016  |  Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

For the first day of school, Natalie Williams picked out a gray skirt and blazer with a black blouse. Luke Skywalker, she said, wore black when he was at his strongest.

An English teacher, Williams, 42, has endured the first day of school a dozen times, including the past two years at Dunwoody High School.

This year was different.

Every year before, Natalie had entered the classroom as Nathan.

“This is it,” she told herself that morning before leaving home. “This is how they are gonna see me.”

Caitlyn Jenner still grabs headlines two years after her transition began, and new federal guidelines on transgender student bathroom use caused an uproar across the nation last spring. While society is still coming to terms with transgender people, Williams has put herself at the heart of the conversation locally.

It’s not a lesson she planned to teach.

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1 comment:

  1. Good for her. And good for DCSD having a robust non-discrimination policy. I wish her the best.