OutServe-SLDN appalled at Trump Administration’s withdrawal of guidance for transgender students
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Today, the Trump Administration's Justice and Education Departments’ are rescinding guidelines the Obama Administration implemented for transgender students.
Rescission of the Obama Administration’s guidelines and protections for transgender students is an appalling and devastating action by the Departments of Justice and Education. This administration, and this President, has vowed to be an ally of the LGBTQ community; yet this action is a direct contradiction to that declaration. The removal of this guidance strikes at the heart of our nation – a nation which should proudly provide an education system that is free of discrimination, protects all our students, and provides a healthy and sustainable environment to learn.
This action also strikes in contradiction to First Lady Melania Trumps’ mission to eradicate bullying and marginalization of our youth in this country. This rescission directly and emphatically opens the door for discrimination and bullying of already vulnerable students who need nurturing and protection.
The removal of this guidance particularly hurts our military families. Families that have dedicated their livelihood to protecting this great nation, and do not have a choice in their location of residence. Those families who wish to have the best educational environment for their transgender children now face a critical situation in which they have little, if any, latitude. Leaving this decision to the states creates a broken system that directly and adversely impacts all families, but especially our military families.
OutServe-SLDN will provide any and all advocative and legal assistance possible, to any military and veteran families that experience discriminatory actions as a result of the rescission of these essential guidelines and protections. You may contact our legal department directly at 800-538-7418 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We stand at the ready to serve you.
Standing firm with – and for – you,
Executive Director, OutServe-SLDN