A transgender teacher in Georgia runs a queer school. Most of her students are trans too, and activism is part of the curriculum.

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04/09/2023

In March, Thea Canby, a 38-year-old trans woman who teaches at a queer-centered micro-school in Georgia, was watching a livestream of state lawmakers voting on Senate Bill 140. The bill would strip transgender youth of their right to gender-affirming care in the state. It would also criminalize doctors who perform gender-affirming surgeries, prescribe puberty blockers, or administer hormone therapy to children and teens. That’s despite the fact that the American Medical Association has told states that gender-affirming care is necessary for the mental and physical health of trans and nonbinary children. Most of Canby’s students are trans kids between 11 and 17 years old. As state lawmakers voted on her students’ rights, Canby watched the live stream from her desk at the school she co-founded.

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