EAG News reports on Center School in Greenfield, Massachusetts, a progressive day school from Pre-K through 8th graders with a “social justice mission.” “Increasingly concerned” at the suicide rate among “gender non-conforming kids,” the school is now offering a scholarship for “gender creative children.”
Donors to the scholarship fund were “inspired” after how the school accommodated an elementary student who was “transitioning.”
“She had the anatomy of a boy, but felt like a girl in her heart,” according to Spencer. “She wanted to be able live that out.”
The scholarship is intended to help those certain students pay the private school’s annual $13,000 to $15,800 tuition.
Massachusetts has had a law on the books since 2013 permitting transgender students full reign over gender-labeled school facilities.
“A student who says she is a girl and wishes to be regarded that way throughout the school day and throughout every, or almost every, other area of her life, should be respected and treated like a girl,” the directive states, according to the newspaper.
“Gender creative kids” were featured in a recent Time magazine article highlighting an annual week-long summer camp for “gender non-conforming children” in Washington, D.C. The camp caters to roughly 30 families and is held at various locations, including “religious retreats”.
At camp, the children do all the typical camp things. They canoe, they craft, they roast marshmallows. Almost all of the children are biological boys who like to wear girl’s clothing. The weekend culminates in a fashion show with the works: red carpets, a runway, and fans to blow the kids’ hair back. “We try to make them feel fabulous,” says Morris, “I think it helps carry them through the year — the memory of their parents and siblings in the audience clapping for them.”
Children ages 6-12 attend with their parents and siblings in tow, making it a unique summer camp experience in more ways than one.