Hackbright Academy is committed to challenging unequal gender dynamics within mainstream society, supporting the intellectual and personal growth of our students, and fostering critical analyses of gender. Admitting trans, intersex, and gender variant students is harmonious with these commitments and is consistent with the underlying mission of Hackbright to support, nurture, and value the voices of those who have been marginalized by gender. Our policy is informed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
We accept and matriculate students who are questioning their gender. We recognize that the process of identifying trans, intersex, or gender variant is not the same for every individual, and we support all students as they engage in the process of self-discovery. We are committed to understanding and combating systemic gender inequality. Trans, intersex, and gender variant people are profoundly marginalized under our dominant gender system.
The experiences of women are not homogeneous. Our students have a wide range of gender experiences because of the way gender intersects with race, class, ability, and sexuality. By including trans, intersex, and gender variant students, we are ensuring that all people who are marginalized by binary gender have access to high quality education.
What is the definition of ‘women’?
Gender identity is defined as the manner in which an individual sees her/himself in that social construct, and many are familiar with the definitions of genderqueer and gender fluidity.
How do trans people relate to Hackbright’s mission/policy to address gender inequality?
Adopting the proposed policy therefore does not alter Hackbright’s fundamental character as a women’s coding school; rather, it reinforces it, acknowledging evolving conceptions of gender by recognizing transgender women, transgender men, gender nonconforming individuals, intersex, gender variant and cisgender women as gender minorities within dominant culture.
How is it consistent to allow the admission of transwomen (indicating male as legal sex) and transmen (indicating female as legal sex) based on “self-identification as women”?
Some students coming to Hackbright may identify as female by sex, who have questions about their gender identity, and many members of our community recognize that our school is a space for students to fully explore their identity. We recognize that transgender men do not have the same history and lived experience as cisgender men, and that formally admitting transgender men supports the educational goal of building strong minds among gender minorities.
Why would a transgender man want to come to a Hackbright?
Some transmen may wish to attend Hackbright because it will be a supportive and respectful environment for them to express their gender identity and/or because they want to participate in a space that thinks critically about gender in our society. Trans, intersex, and gender variant people cannot assume that their gender will be respected everywhere they go, we hope to provide a safe and supportive environment. At Hackbright, we hope to offer trans, intersex, and gender variant students a space where they are less vulnerable to transphobia and more respected in their gender identity.
Will the presence of trans students prevent Hackbright students from bonding around shared gender experiences?
Hackbright Academy strives to be a safe space for anyone who identifies as a woman or who was assigned female at birth. Because our students recognize that not everyone who attends Hackbright identifies as a woman, they are appropriately concerned about ensuring that those individuals feel welcome in the community and that Hackbright actively works against institutionalized discrimination in all forms.