On Wednesday, the Trump administration officially announced they were rescinding the Department of Justice guidelines that protected transgender students. The guidelines were previously issued by the Obama administration and said that a student’s gender identity was protected under Title IX sex discrimination rules.
At the heart of the debate is Gavin Grimm, whose case vs. the Gloucester County School Board of Virginia is heading to the Supreme Court in March. The case will decide if he has the right to use the school restrooms that correspond with his gender identity. The outcome could impact all future decisions regarding transgender rights in schools, and the action taken by the Trump administration will diminish his chances, as the court no longer has the guidance to consider.
Grimm spoke to the Associated Press and took part in a D.C. rally to protest the decision:
“It’s not positive. It has the possibility of hurting transgender students and transgender people. We’re going to keep fighting like we have been and keep fighting for the right thing.” – Gavin Grimm
Many public figures in the transgender community are speaking out.
Actress Laverne Cox took to Instagram:
Jazz Jennings and her mom made a video:
Actress Jamie Clayton went after Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:
Noted transgender public figure and Trump supporter, Caitlyn Jenner, has been notably quiet on this issue.
Caitlyn Jenner finally weighed in on Thursday night with a video message:
A couple of tech giants also spoke out.
Apple released the following statement:
“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”
Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith took to twitter:
Transgender rights groups are speaking out.
The American Civil Liberties Union:
Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign:
“These transgender students simply want to go to school in the morning without fear of discrimination or harassment. The consequences of this decision will no doubt be heartbreaking. This isn’t a ‘states rights’ issue, it’s a civil rights issue. Children deserve protection from bullying no matter what state they live in. Period.”
The National Center for Transgender Equality:
The Transgender Law Center:
Politicians are speaking out.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer:
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey:
Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi:
Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, who has a transgender son:
“This lamentable decision can lead to hostile treatment of transgender students and studies have shown that bullying and harassment can be detrimental to the emotional and physical well-being of teenagers.”
Kamala Harris, D-California; Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts; Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin; and Representatives Adam Schiff, D-California; Jared Polis, D-Colorado; and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Florida; all responded on twitter.
Public figures are also speaking out.
President Trump’s twitter account has been silent on this issue, however the backlash continues as more people are speaking out against his decision.