A RIGHT TO BE AUTHENTIC
Transgender student rights are facing attack from the Trump administration. Multiple LGBTQI+ watchdog groups report Obama administration issued guidance is on the chopping block.
PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW
Being a teenager is tough. Not many adults would voluntarily go back in time to their teen years. And in spite of efforts to curtail bullying and harassment, both are still very real threats to transgender children. While every child should be free to be their authentic self, these children continue to face prejudice, bias and outright hatred.
Title IX protects the LGBTQI+ students, along with many other groups, but it simply wasn’t enough. The Obama administration added a layer of protection for transgender students. The guidance bars discrimination against transgender students and ensures that they have access to the restroom consistent with their gender identity.
TRANSGENDER RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told the Washington Blade that she has heard from “reliable sources” that could change. She said President Trump has green-lighted the plan for the Justice Department and Education Department to send a “Dear Colleague” letter to schools rescinding the guidance.
“This is the first day of the president’s second month in office and he is now fully coming after LGBTQI+ people,” Keisling said. “I’m angry; I’m outraged. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves, and to hear the president a week or two ago talk about how supportive he is of LGBTQI+ people, it’s just outrageous that he go after trans kids this way.”
STAND TOGETHER AND FIGHT HATE
GLSEN (pronounced “Glisten”) has advocated for the rights of LGBTQ students for more than 25 years. The group issued a Call To Action seeking signatures in support of the guidance and demanding it is maintained.
Click here to support transgender students and sign the GLSEN petition. We need to all step up and take a stand for human rights!
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