AFFIRMING GENDER IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: SOCIAL TRANSITIONING
One of the first steps that all people—adults or children—take, if they feel their internal sense of gender and their sex assigned at birth do not match, is to socially transition. This means adults and children live their lives in a way that expresses their internal sense of who they are—their gender identity. A person may use a new name and/or different pronouns than before. Some might change their gender expression—wear different clothes or have a new hairstyle. Students usually want to— and have the right to—use facilities or join school activities that align with their gender identity.