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TAKE ACTION: Trump to roll back protection for trans students

Today several sources are reporting that the Trump administration will rescind the previous guidance for the US Department of Education that transgender students should be protected from sex discrimination at school. Mara Kiesling from the National Center for Transgender Equality said this:

“I’m angry; I’m outraged. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves, and to hear the president a week or two ago talk about how supportive he is of LGBT people, it’s just outrageous that he go after trans kids this way.”

We must stand up for transgender kids today!

Call the White House today and let them know that transgender students deserve to be able to go to school without facing discrimination.

Here’s the number for the White House comment line: 202-456-1111

Here’s what you can say:

I am calling to ask the White House to keep discrimination protections in place for transgender students.

Every student deserves a fair chance to succeed in school, and protection from bullying and harassment—including students who are transgender.

Transgender students are part of our school communities, and like other students, they’re there to learn, graduate and prepare for their future. They need to be able to use the restroom that matches the gender they live every day without being singled out for discrimination and harassment.

All students deserve a safe school environment, and forcing transgender students into restrooms that don’t match their gender identity puts their safety at risk.

And when you are done with that call, you can also call the US Department of Education here: 800-872-5327  and the PA Department of Education here: 717-783-6788.

School administrators have long been able to accommodate the needs of their students without banning transgender students from common spaces. School districts across the country have successfully worked to ensure that transgender students have access to facilities that match their gender identity while still protecting the privacy of all students. These policies ensure that all students, including transgender students, are able to learn and thrive as equal members of the school community.

This rollback of transgender students protections is exactly what we feared when Betsy DeVos was nominated and it only took a few days for it to come to fruition. We must let them know that we will not stand by while they discriminate against  and bully trans kids. Call the White House and Federal and State Departments of Education today.

When you’re done, click here to let us know how it went.

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