#ProtectTransKids: say it on a bathroom door.
Last night 45’s administration withdrew landmark federal guidelines that defended transgender students from sex-based discrimination. 45 himself gave the green light for this, in spite of objections from his own education secretary. *Mouth hits floor.*
Under the previous guidelines, The White House directed schools to allow students to use the bathroom and locker rooms that matched their gender identity, citing federal law - Title IX - to protect them from discrimination on the basis of sex. Choosing a bathroom based on a person’s gender identity, rather than the gender they were born with, officially became recognized as a civil right. Violating this right for transgender students meant that schools would not receive any federal funds.
45’s administration reversed all of this progress and ordered that the government turn its back on our children. This decision means that it is now up to states and school districts to decide whether the federal sex discrimination law applies to gender identity.
Now more than ever, we must stand up for our children and trans rights. We cannot allow our children to feel unsafe, especially in a school setting, and we must fight for equality. It’s shameful and unacceptable to stand idle to this spiteful assault on the safety and future of our kids and trans and gender non-conforming people’s rights.
So today, we speak up to protect trans kids:
- Step 1: write “#ProtectTransKids” on a piece of paper
- Step 2: grab some tape
- Step 3: find a gendered public restroom, whether at home, your local cafe, or any other space
- Step 4: tape paper from step 1 under the “MEN” “WOMEN” or any bathroom sign
- Step 5: snap a photo and share with #protecttranskids and #speakup (+ tag us so we can share).
Trans rights are human rights. One for all; all for one.
Let’s show trans and gender non-conforming kids that we’ve got their backs.
- Estimate of U.S. Transgender Population Doubles to 1.4 Million Adults - The New York Times
- Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students - Department of Education (2016)