Nearly 800 Parents of Transgender Children Condemn Admin Decision on Trans Students


Human Rights CampaignWASHINGTON – Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that it will no longer challenge a nationwide hold on protections for transgender students, nearly 800 parents of transgender children sent a letter to President Donald Trump condemning the decision and calling on his administration to fully enforce federal civil rights laws. The letter, signed by parents from 45 states plus Washington, D.C., was organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and its newly formed Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of the nation’s leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people.

“Just 48 hours after the confirmation of his anti-equality attorney general, Donald Trump’s administration directly attacked LGBTQ equality and took aim at the rights of transgender youth,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “This disgraceful action exposes transgender students to harassment and discrimination and emboldens bullies from classrooms to state legislatures. These 781 courageous parents are asking that the federal government protect their children at school, something that all families deserve. We stand with these parents and urge President Trump and Attorney General Sessions to listen to families across the country demanding basic fairness and respect for every child.”

In his first days as Trump’s Attorney General, Sessions withdrew a request to halt an order against the Obama administration’s protections for transgender students. The 781 parents, representing the thousands of families of transgender children across the country, write, “No young person should wake up in the morning fearful of the school day ahead. When this guidance was issued last year, it provided our families — and other families like our own across the country — with the knowledge and security that our government was determined to protect our children from bullying and discrimination. Please do not take that away from us.”

In 2016, the Obama Administration’s Departments of Justice and Education issued comprehensive guidance to ensure that transgender students were being treated fairly and with dignity in public and federally-funded schools, including having equal access to sex-segregated facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms, that are consistent with their gender identity.  Thirteen anti-equality state attorneys general, led by the notoriously hateful Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed suit challenging the guidance. After a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide hold on enforcement of the guidance, the Obama Administration responded by requesting the court limit the hold to the 13 states filing suit.

On Friday night, just 48 hours after Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General and a day after being sworn in, the Department of Justice rescinded the Obama Administration’s challenge, allowing the nationwide hold to continue. Despite this action, transgender students facing discrimination can still file suit under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Transgender young people face significant discrimination and bullying throughout our nation’s schools. Last year, North Carolina adopted the infamous HB2, legislation that required discrimination against transgender people, including in public schools. Several states, including Texas, are currently considering similar bills. Seventy-five percent of transgender students report feeling unsafe in school, and, tragically, more than 50 percent of transgender youth report attempting suicide at least once in their lifetime.

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The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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  1. This is sick! Every child should be protected in school and no child should feel fearful to go to school! This can affect their health, grades and their lives! This not only affects the children but also the parents of these children. Parents care about their children so why should they have to worry everyday, every single school day if something bad will happen to their children? There’s talk about healthcare in this country, yet this administration is potentially causing people to get sick. Why can’t people like Sessions see this? Why can’t anyone see this? Why is there so much hate in this country? Sure, they could do homeschooling but that’s not always an option for families. Also, why should children feel they have to do homeschooling if they don’t want to? This makes the child feel like there is something wrong with them and there isn’t. Trump talked about love today during the press conference with the Israeli Prime Minister. Where’s the love for ALL people including transgender children? With Trump being President, he is causing dark, fearful days for transgender children, their parents and transgender adults as well. I don’t have a transgender child, but if I did, I would be worrying everyday if I’m going to get a phone call from the school saying my child got hurt. Instead of hurting transgender children why not come up with ways to make it better for them? Expand education concerning transgender people, have transgender speakers visit schools. Think of ways to reduce bullying in schools. You always hear of schools saying they want to keep school children safe. I guess they only pick and choose who they keep safe. I am so saddened with this administration. I am a m-f transgender adult and with this administration in place I worry about my own safety. I can see it coming. Federal government no longer paying for transgender healthcare. Also, I feel the police ought to have to take sensitivity training. It should be mandatory for every law enforcement officer in this country. This administration is spreading hate. In my own neighborhood, my neighbor friend told me after Trump was elected, people were saying it’s ok to say “faggot” now. Why is there so much hate? And it’s not just against transgender people but everyone in the LGBT community, immigrants, people of color, etc. I think the people that voted for Trump in my area at least, is because he promised more jobs and I live in a rural economically depressed area. That’s fine but how can people work together if they hate the people they work with? If a transgender person wants to work somewhere they will be discriminated against because of Trump. And the transgender person will have to worry about their safety. I could go on and on about Trump and his administration and why I don’t like them. I just don’t understand that if it’s illegal to discriminate against a black person and they have federal protections, why can’t transgender people enjoy the same federal protections?

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