Say "no" to Trump's anti-trans discrimination
Last night, the Trump administration announced plans to withdraw Title IX protections for transgender students. Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in education, was expanded under President Obama to include the right of transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. Removing this protection puts one of the most vulnerable groups of Americans at risk, and it's unacceptable.
Act: fight back against discrimination against trans kids
- Call the White House comment line and your Congressional representatives to tell them your opinion on this policy. Here are some scripts:
For the White House comment line:
My name is [your name] and I live in [city/town, state]. I'm calling today to tell the president that I disagree with his decision to lift Title IX protections for transgender students. Transgender children are at incredibly high risk of bullying, violence, and even sexual assault. As adults, it's our job to protect them. Allowing children to use the bathroom corresponding to their sexual identity doesn't cause crime - it protects people at risk of being victimized. Please, I urge you to reconsider this policy immediately.
For your Congressional representatives:
My name is [your name] and I'm a constituent of [representative]. I'm calling today to ask [rep's name] to do everything in his or her power to stop the president from lifting Title IX protections for transgender students. Transgender children are at incredibly high risk of bullying, violence, and even sexual assault. As adults, it's our job to protect them. Allowing children to use the bathroom corresponding to their sexual identity doesn't cause crime - it protects people at risk of being victimized. Please, I urge you to make a public statement opposing this policy today, and to introduce and support legislation that reintroduces protections for transgender students.
- Find out what your state is doing to protect or discriminate against transgender people, and urge your state representatives and governor to take action. Here's a list of legislative action to-date that discriminates against transgender people and a map of state laws and policies that affect LGBT people.
- If you're an educator, parent, or caregiver of a transgender student, read this resource from the National Center for Transgender Equality about trans student rights and consider printing and sharing in your place of education. You can also take action to encourage your school to allow children to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. Here's a good resource from the NYC DOE that you can use to request something similar in your school.
- Make a donation to organizations that will be fighting discrimination against transgender people on the front lines, like Lambda Legal, National Center for Transgender Equality, Silvia Rivera Law Project, or one of these groups.
Learn more: get to know the facts
Let's get this straight, first of all: allowing people who are transgender or gender nonconforming to use the bathroom of their choice doesn't cause crime. To date, zero people in America have been attacked by transgender individuals, or people pretending to be transgender in bathrooms. However, discriminating against transgender people, especially children, does come with risk. Here are some statistics from GLAAD on violence against trans youth:
According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 55% of all reported LGBT homicide victims were transgender women, and 50% were transgender women of color. Furthermore, in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 78% transgender/gender non-conforming students in grades K-12 experienced harassment, while 35% experienced physical assault and 12% experienced sexual violence.
Transgender people in our country face numerous obstacles -- higher risk of poverty, suicide, assault, housing and workplace discrimination, and barriers to obtaining healthcare. Can we really risk putting our nation's transgender children in even greater danger?
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