Friday, September 30, 2016

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Phantazia Washington

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Policy 252: Creating Safe and Affirming Schools for
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students

Nothing about us without us! So often policies, laws and customs are created without the impute of those they seek to support, but real change requires that those impacted don’t just have their voice heard, but that they have a seat at the table. So what happens when The Attic Youth Center (Philadelphia’s LGBTQ youth center) reached out to The School District of Philadelphia to host a listening session about the experiences of transgender and gender and non-conforming youth? Well, change happened. This session, “Policy 252: Creating Safe and Affirming Schools for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students” will cover the history, content, and implementation, of The School District of Philadelphia’s Policy 252 on transgender and gender non-conforming students, as well as share the ways that this policy enables all students, transgender and cisgender alike to reach their fullest human and intellectual potential.
Facebook: Phantazia Washington
Mx. Phantazia Washington is an unabashed multiracial, black, genderqueer, femme. Social justice, specifically resisting intersecting systems of oppressions are recurring themes in their work as an artist, activist, Transition Framework and LGBTQIA educator. Through their work as a Trainer with The Bryson Institute of The Attic Youth Center, Phantazia provides workshops for youth and adults, throughout the region on gender, sexuality, and best practices for building genuine cultures of respect for LGBTQ youth. In addition to their work as an educator, Phantazia was a founding member of Get H.Y.P.E!, a youth-led training cohort, and co-facilitates The Justice League, an internship for youth seeking to raise awareness of the experiences of queer and gender-expansive youth of color in the child welfare, educational, and juvenile justice systems. In addition to their work at The Attic, Phantazia is also an artist. They have worked with The Mural Arts Program to help create murals that generate awareness to issue of youth homelessness, and specifically the overrepresentation of LGBTQ young people amongst homeless youth.

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