Education and Justice may Contradict White House to Rescind Guidance on Trans Student Protections
“For weeks, we and the families of transgender students have held our collective breaths waiting to see if the Administration would withdraw federal guidance that helps protect their rights and dignity, in stark contradiction to the White House’s January 30 declaration that it would ‘be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights.’ The Department of Justice—under Attorney General Jeff Sessions—will stop defending the guidance in court, as credible sources report the guidance’s withdrawal is imminent. We are alarmed by these developments, which could expose hundreds of thousands of transgender students to what amounts to federally-sanctioned bullying.
“The Title IX guidance, widely hailed by educational and child health experts, made clear that transgender students are protected from discrimination and must be treated according to their gender identities. Should the Administration rescind the guidance, trans students would still be protected under Title IX. But such clear action directed at children would be a brazen and shameless attack on hundreds of thousands of young Americans who must already defend themselves against schoolyard bullies, but are ill-equipped to fight bullies on the floors of their state legislatures and in the White House.
“So we will fight for and with them.
“Already, NCTE and its allies across the LGBT community, school administrators, teachers, parents, family members and others across the country are preparing to stand up to this Administration. For weeks, we’ve sent letters, petitions and calls to the offices of Sec. DeVos and Attorney General Sessions urging them to do right by our children. But should this lifesaving and crucial guidance be rescinded, we will make our voices heard louder than before. The days of bullying trans people are over in this nation; NCTE and its supporters will lead the fight.
“This is about justice, it’s about what’s right, and it’s about our children. If this Administration truly wants America to be great, it can start by making it a place in which our children needn’t fight every day just to be themselves.”
—Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality