Saturday, February 18, 2017

Transgender Protections Under Attack

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President Trump's administration took a huge step towards limiting the rights of transgender students last week.

In case you missed it, here is the breakdown:

The Obama administration enacted certain guidelines aimed to protect transgender students such as permitting them access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities saying that under Title IX, students cannot be discriminated against because they are transgender. "No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus," former education secretary John B. King Jr. explained in a letter in May 2016. "This guidance further clarifies what we’ve said repeatedly — that gender identity is protected under Title IX."

Last summer, Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an injunction that blocked those guidelines. According to The New York Times, after O'Connor issued the injunction, the Obama administration submitted an appeal in order to prevent O'Connor's ruling from applying nationwide and thus keeping the guidelines / protections in place.

On Friday, February 9, the Justice Department under Trump withdrew the former administration's appeal meaning that the injunction (blocking the protections) stands and the protections are not enforceable.
Sarah Warbelow, the legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, explained, "Our concern is that it's a very clear signal that at a minimum the Department of Justice — and possibly more broadly throughout the Trump administration — will not protect transgender students."

What's next? No one knows... but one thing is clear. The LG and Bs need to stand up for the T. 

I reached out to Trans-E-Motion, Fresno's own transgender advocacy group. Stay tunned for more including rally/protest announcements. 

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