Social Democrats TD for Wicklow, Jennifer Whitmore, met with students of Coláiste Bhríde in Carnew on Friday to show her support for their campaign to have gender appropriately recognised on the school app for students who identify as trans and non-binary.
“I had the pleasure of visiting Coláiste Bhríde on Friday afternoon to meet students to discuss the issue. Then only options available on the school software system to students on the app is male or female, which completely excludes those students who don’t identify as either.”
“With Transgender Awareness Week this week, I have no doubt that these students, Sean Doyle, Alannah Mahon, Kate Dolan, Ellie Dolan and Alex Ludgate, with their drive and ambition to make Coláiste Bhríde an inclusive school, will make their voices heard this week as well as over the coming months as they lobby and promote visibility for transgender and non-binary students who as of yet, do not have the option to select their gender on their school app.”
“We discussed a series of actions that they have already undertaken and the next steps in their campaign and I am extremely happy to be involved with this bunch of socially conscious teenagers and will continue to engage with them over the coming months on the issue. It is unfair that with the absence of a third option on the school app that trans and non-binary students do not have the same sense of belonging as other students do,” concludes Whitmore.