Transgender Rights For US Students Are In Danger And The Internet Is Furious
Celebrities react as transgender protections are cut back.
In May of last year, amid fierce debate over various proposed transgender bathroom laws, former US President, Barack Obama issued guidelines designed to protect transgender students. The federal guidance made it a priority that transgender students have access to bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identity.
President Trump's justice and education departments issued a statement on Wednesday (Feb 22) announcing that these Obama protections would be rolled back.
The pronouncement is a major setback for transgender rights and the outpouring of solidarity is proof that this is an important issue for a lot of people.
I don't know what to say other than I'm proud to stand alongside the LGBTQ community.— Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) February 23, 2017
Do not sleep on Transgender rights rollbacks, especially if you are LGBQ. One of the most vulnerable populations NEEDS SUPPORT.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) February 22, 2017
Trans kids: You are LOVED, SUPPORTED, and VALID. I (and SO many others) are here for you. #protecttranskids— Scott Hoying (@scotthoying) February 23, 2017
There's no reason 2 roll back rights for trans citizens or anyone else. What jobs does that create? How is that keeping the US safe? #Resist— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 23, 2017
We need to protect trans youth and stand up against this cruelty that hurts our kids. Support @Translifeline— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 22, 2017
The education and justice departments maintain that the federal government will investigate individual claims of discrimination but that no special provisions are to be made for transgender students. The American Civil Liberties Union is poised to challenge any unlawful actions against the LGBTQ+ community.
We want trans students across the country and their parents to know the law is on your side and we at the ACLU won't stop fighting for you.— ACLU National (@ACLU) February 22, 2017
Trans students often face bullying, threats, and hostility in school. The previous administration's efforts to shield these kids from the stigma of anti-trans bathroom legislation was a huge step toward progress.