Trump’s Title IX guidance stance “shameful”
Washington DC, Feb 21, 2017 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is condemning President Trump for reportedly planning to remove a federal guidance that helps provide non-discrimination protections for transgender students in our nation’s education system.
“Protecting those who are the most vulnerable in our education system should always be a top priority for any President of the United States and his cabinet. Their jobs should be to ensure that all students regardless of race, religion, gender, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, receive a top notch education. But Trump isn’t any president: he, Pence, Sessions and DeVos are chomping at the bit to weaken our nation’s public school system and in this instance have reportedly sought to remove the few protections young transgender students have. It’s shameful and we are not going to stand for it. Anyone who agrees that trans and gender nonconforming students deserve equity in our nation’s schools, should join us in calling on this administration to stop working to undermine these protections.” said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force.
The historic guidance to Title IX of the Education Amendments was issued by the Obama Administration. It provides clarity on matters such as: the right of students to not be discriminated against, or bullied because of their gender identity, to be addressed by the names and pronouns that correspond to their identity, using the bathroom matching their gender identity, among others. The guidance has been challenged in court by the opponents of LGBTQ equality.
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