The Trump administration on Wednesday revoked federal guidelines specifying that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity, taking a stand on a contentious issue that has become the central battle over LGBT rights. See HERE for an article from The Washington Post
“Attacking our children . . . is no way to say you support and respect LGBTQ people,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
WHEN TRANS RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK WHAT DO WE DO—–STAND UP FIGHT BACK!!!
Response from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut:
Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students:
“Discrimination of this kind is outrageous and has no place in our society. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue – the President’s regressive actions must be rejected by all compassionate people, regardless of party affiliation. In 2011, I was proud to sponsor and help win passage for a comprehensive transgender rights bill here in Connecticut, and to subsequently lead fights nationally against efforts in North Carolina, Indiana, and elsewhere to restrict the rights of people who are transgender. In Connecticut, we will defend the rights of all students – regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, and disability status – and will continue to protect their access to welcoming learning environments.”
From Mara Keisling
Today, the Trump administration went after the latest group it has chosen to attack: transgender students. The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have just announced that they are overturning the school guidance on protecting transgender students—a life-saving policy that told schools to treat trans students fairly and according to their gender identity.
This callous attack doesn’t change the fact that schools still have a responsibility to protect the welfare of all their students. But it tells transgender students everywhere that their government will not stand by them and defend their safety and their dignity. But we will! Take a look at NCTE’s FAQ to learn more about what this means for trans students.
Many people may be scared and worried, but this is not the end of the battle. We’re still fighting. If you’re in the DC area, join our rally today at 5:30pm EST in front of the White House.
1. Organize a rally in your own community, and let us know about it so that we can help spread the word.
2. Call or write to President Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to tell them why taking away this guidance is so harmful
3. Join NCTE’s Community Call tomorrow at 8:00pm EST on Facebook Live to learn more about what this development means and how you can help us fight fact.
Join NCTE on a Facebook Live chat TONIGHT at 8:30 pm EST, featuring Executive Director Mara Keisling, to discuss the Trump Administration’s plan to rescind Title IX guidance which protects trans students. Everyone is welcome to tune in, although tonight’s focus will be on how parents and family members can advocate on behalf of transgender students.
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