(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Department of Education removed its guidance on transgender students that had been put into place under the Obama Administration in May, 2016. The guidance clarified that transgender students should have a safe, nondiscriminatory environment and be able to use bathroom facilities consistent with their gender identity, like any other student.
The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program at the National Women’s Law Center (NLWC):
“The Trump Administration sent a shameful message to all students and parents across America that the agencies charged with protecting their civil rights will no longer do so. The reality for transgender students is especially disturbing: they face higher rates of harassment, violence and general discrimination than other students—simply for being who they are. Title IX protects students against discrimination based on gender identity and today’s decision does not change that fact. Despite the confusion the Administration has created, we are confident that courts will not turn their backs on these students.”
The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.