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Pictures From First Trans School That Protects Children From Bullying

World | Associated Press | January 23, 2019, 11:18 am
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 In recent years, the families of trans children have demanded greater acceptance, a call that recently led to the approval of a law that allows people over the age of 14 to change their name and gender in official records with the consent of their parents or legal guardians. <em>Here's a look at the pictures</em> from <strong>Latin America's first Trans Children school</strong> launched as a way to help families of trans children, who often skip classes or even fail to finish their studies as result of discrimination.<br /><br />Transgender children embrace teacher Teani Cortes during the last day of school at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. The institution, founded by the Chile-based Selenna Foundation that protects their rights, is a milestone in a socially conservative country. Image: AP)

In recent years, the families of trans children have demanded greater acceptance, a call that recently led to the approval of a law that allows people over the age of 14 to change their name and gender in official records with the consent of their parents or legal guardians. Here's a look at the pictures from Latin America's first Trans Children school launched as a way to help families of trans children, who often skip classes or even fail to finish their studies as result of discrimination.

Transgender children embrace teacher Teani Cortes during the last day of school at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. The institution, founded by the Chile-based Selenna Foundation that protects their rights, is a milestone in a socially conservative country. Image: AP)

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 Since its start, school attendance has grown from the original five students to 22 in December, and six more have already enrolled for this year. (Image: AP)

Since its start, school attendance has grown from the original five students to 22 in December, and six more have already enrolled for this year. (Image: AP)

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 Angela plays with schoolmate Laura as Violeta sits next to them during a class break. (Image: AP)

Angela plays with schoolmate Laura as Violeta sits next to them during a class break. (Image: AP)

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 Transgender children prepare to attend the graduation ceremony at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. (Image: AP)

Transgender children prepare to attend the graduation ceremony at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. (Image: AP)

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 Angela, a transgender girl, poses for a photo at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. Students at the school are assigned to one of two classrooms based on age. (Image: AP)

Angela, a transgender girl, poses for a photo at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. Students at the school are assigned to one of two classrooms based on age. (Image: AP)

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 Violeta, a transgender girl, jumps during recess at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. Students agreed that the school has helped them fully embrace their identity. (Image: AP)

Violeta, a transgender girl, jumps during recess at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. Students agreed that the school has helped them fully embrace their identity. (Image: AP)

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 Angela, a transgender girl, is given a

Angela, a transgender girl, is given a "Best Effort" medal during the Amaranta Gomez school graduation ceremony, in Santiago, Chile. Despite the lack of resources, the foundation has started a summer school that offers dance and other workshops for about 20 children, including some who are not attending the school. (Image: AP)

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 Laura, a transgender girl, looks from behind a glass door during recess at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile.<br />(Image: AP)

Laura, a transgender girl, looks from behind a glass door during recess at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile.
(Image: AP)

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 Transgender student Sebastian carries his diploma after his graduation ceremony at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. Classes began in April 2018 at a spaced loaned by a community centre in the Chilean capital of Santiago. (Image: AP)

Transgender student Sebastian carries his diploma after his graduation ceremony at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. Classes began in April 2018 at a spaced loaned by a community centre in the Chilean capital of Santiago. (Image: AP)

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 Constanza, a transgender girl, poses for a photo at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. (Image: AP)

Constanza, a transgender girl, poses for a photo at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. (Image: AP)

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 Laura enters the classroom as other students look on. Students agreed that the school has helped them fully embrace their identity. (Image: AP)

Laura enters the classroom as other students look on. Students agreed that the school has helped them fully embrace their identity. (Image: AP)

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 Alexis, a transgender boy, poses for a photo at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile.

Alexis, a transgender boy, poses for a photo at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. "I'm happy here because there are many other kids just like me," said Alexis, who also said that he was constantly bullied at his previous school. (Image: AP)

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 A transgender girl plays with a doll. Although space is limited, parents say students have regained their confidence: They seem happier, more relaxed and eager to participate in class. (Image: AP)

A transgender girl plays with a doll. Although space is limited, parents say students have regained their confidence: They seem happier, more relaxed and eager to participate in class. (Image: AP)

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 Aurora, a transgender girl, does cartwheels in the Amaranta Gomez school, in Santiago, Chile. Activists and parents of transgender children say that's the stage of childhood or pre-adolescence when children discover that their gender does not correspond to their body. (Image: AP)

Aurora, a transgender girl, does cartwheels in the Amaranta Gomez school, in Santiago, Chile. Activists and parents of transgender children say that's the stage of childhood or pre-adolescence when children discover that their gender does not correspond to their body. (Image: AP)

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 Angela, a transgender girl, poses for a photo at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. Growing up as a transgender child in Chile, Angela was so desperate to escape the physical and verbal abuse from other students at her elementary school that she thought about taking her own life. Now she has found hope at the Amaranta Gomez school, Latin America’s first school for trans children. (Image: AP)

Angela, a transgender girl, poses for a photo at the Amaranta Gomez school in Santiago, Chile. Growing up as a transgender child in Chile, Angela was so desperate to escape the physical and verbal abuse from other students at her elementary school that she thought about taking her own life. Now she has found hope at the Amaranta Gomez school, Latin America’s first school for trans children. (Image: AP)

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 Teachers work pro bono, but all other expenses for the school's first year were funded by Selenna Foundation President Evelyn Silva and school coordinator Ximena Maturana out of their personal savings. Starting in March, families will have to pay about $7 a month for each child. (Image: AP)

Teachers work pro bono, but all other expenses for the school's first year were funded by Selenna Foundation President Evelyn Silva and school coordinator Ximena Maturana out of their personal savings. Starting in March, families will have to pay about $7 a month for each child. (Image: AP)

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 Accompanied by her sisters, Emma a transgender girl, a student of the Amaranta Gomez school, updates her identity card information in the national registry of persons, in Santiago, Chile. (Image: AP)

Accompanied by her sisters, Emma a transgender girl, a student of the Amaranta Gomez school, updates her identity card information in the national registry of persons, in Santiago, Chile. (Image: AP)

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