Student meets Betsy DeVos wearing transgender flag

When Torin Hodgman, an eighth grader at Michigan’s Grand Rapids Public Museum School, learned that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was visiting Hodgman’s school, they wore a transgender pride flag so it hung like a cape.

Hodgman identifies as “gender queer” and prefers the pronoun “they/them”.

via M Live


Hodgman feels safe and supported at the museum school. But Hodgman worries about students elsewhere.

A national survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that 75 percent of transgender students feel unsafe at school, and that “those who are able to persevere had significantly lower GPAs, were more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and were less likely to plan on continuing their education.”

“Out of all LGBTQ … and actually all teenagers, transgender and questioning people have a higher rate of suicide and deaths than anybody else,” Hodgman said.