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The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama administration policy that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex. This meant that transgender students were protected Title IX, the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Today’s action has put this protection in jeopardy, leaving students open to discriminatory and dangerous interpretations of Title IX. 

All students deserve the dignity of being free from harassment and discrimination, including use of the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identities.

Refusing to protect our most vulnerable youth is deplorable and dangerous. Three out of four transgender youth report feeling unsafe at school. More than 40 percent have been physically abused at school; more than half report skipping school to avoid bullying. Toxic schools contribute to higher rates of suicide, depression, homelessness, and HIV infection for transgender youth.

This is another clear signal of the Trump administration’s intent to rollback protections for LGBT people. This administration has shamefully started by targeting the most vulnerable among us, including transgender youth and those seeking asylum from persecution for being LGBT. They insidiously use words like safety, privacy, and choice to justify their actions when, in fact, they are working against the values Americans hold most dear: freedom, equality, and justice.


ACTION ALERT: PROTECT TRANSGENDER STUDENTS NOW

The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama administration policy that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex. This meant that transgender students were protected Title IX, the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Today’s action has put this protection in jeopardy, leaving students open to discriminatory and dangerous interpretations of Title IX. The decision was made by the White House, Justice Department, and Department of Education. Call now and voice your opposition:

President Trump: 202-456-1111
Attorney General Jeff Sessions: 202-353-1555
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: 202-401-3000

*If mailboxes are full, keep calling back! Here’s some help with what you can say:

All students deserve the dignity of being free from harassment and discrimination, including use of the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Schools are frequently unwelcome places for LGBT youth, but particularly for transgender students. Please reverse your decision and give transgender students the protections they deserve under Title IX.


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February 22, 2017