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Trump rescinds Obama-era rule on transgender students

by Countable | 3.20.17

Late Wednesday night, President Trump issued new guidance rescinding Obama-era protections of transgender students in public schools. The move signals a major shift in federal policy regarding people whose gender does not match historical norms.

Under the previous rule, institutions that receive federal funding -- including virtually all public schools -- were mandated to comply with an executive branch rule allowing students to use the bathroom that complies with their gender-identity. The new guidance from the Trump Administration rescinds that rule.

Read the Trump Administration’s "Dear Colleague" letter:

What do you think?

Tell your representatives; make your voice heard:

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  • Andrea
    02/23/2017
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    I really wish the government would get out of our bathrooms, our bedrooms and our bodies. People of all stripes deserve to feel safe in public.

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  • Chuck
    02/23/2017
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    I am sick and tired of this administration making laws that hurt people that they simply don't like. Their xenophobic hatred is harming people who have done no wrong. Please let people of all genders, religions, and beliefs live their lives in peace.

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  • Joanne
    02/23/2017
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    1. This is discrimination. 2. It is very harmful to those young people at a vulnerable time 3. Don't we have more important things to be addressing? Russian influence, conflicts of interest, release of taxes, just to name a few.

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  • Diane
    02/23/2017
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    Transgendered people are not a threat. White guys like Sandusky and Milo Yiannopoulos are real threats to boys of the same gender and they get to use the same bathrooms as little boys! Transgendered folks have incredibly high suicide rates due to the difficulties they face both internally and externally. Where is kindness and compassion for these harmless kids? Why doesn't 45 focus on something really important? Like the quality of our environment which affects the health of our people? But instead, the GOP pollutes and eliminates healthcare! Please continue to oppose 45 and the GOP Nazis at any and every opportunity. Thanks for listening.

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  • Evan
    02/23/2017
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    I really hope you will strongly oppose this executive order from Trump. We have excellent evidence that allowing transgender people to live as their gender identity has a huge impact on their mental health, prevents suicide, prevents incarceration, and prevents medical problems that all cost a lot to pay for. By contrast, the negative consequences are all imagined. As a pediatrician, I have taken care of many transgender youth, and I can tell you that their perception of acceptance from their families, school, and from society makes an enormous difference in their confidence and growth. Please help show those kids that they belong in America too.

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  • Judy
    02/23/2017
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    I worked as a teacher and counselor in public education for 21 years and many (not all) LGBT children (and often, frankly, adults) suffer in ways the rest of us can't imagine. To deny them privacy in the bathroom not only violates Title IX ( the Supreme Court will rule on this soon, I hope) but it is simply cruel and unnecessary. Leaving states to decide means leaving the situation as it is, which is unacceptable! I demand that my Senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz (neither of whom is allowing constituents to call them this morning) REVERSE TRUMP'S ORDER and provide young LGBT Texans with the Title IX protections we all expect and deserve.

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  • PAmcconnell496
    02/23/2017
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    Dear Representative, I am a constituent from Charleston, SC. I am writing this morning to express my opposition to President Trump's reversal of Obama's executive order allowing transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identities. The real threat to school safety is not transgender students using bathrooms, but discriminatory policies that stigmatize vulnerable children and teens. I urge you to also voice your opposition in Congress. Sincerely, Patrick McConnell

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  • RaidyCakes
    02/23/2017
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    I'm a public school advocate and classroom teacher who demands our government protect and educate ALL our kids equally. 💜

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  • StLMindyF
    02/23/2017
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    What is your plan to enforce this? Will people need to show their genitalia to prove they are going in the correct bathroom? I am a woman and have zero concern that a transgendered woman is going to be a rapist.

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  • Gail
    02/23/2017
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    Here's the problem with rescinding the Obama rule on Title lX for transgender people in public spaces. If you are transgender, you may look more like the gender you identify with than your birth gender. A person with a beard and muscular arms showing up in a woman's room will be cause for alarm, making everyone uncomfortable. By rescinding the rule, transgender people will "stand out," which will make them targets of hate and bullying. I believe this is what is behind the movement in states who have passed bathroom bills. Supporters claim they want to protect young girls from a male in their bathroom, but in actuality, a transgender male identifying with a girl is no threat to females! A little research on the nature of transgender identity would reveal this to you. So in reality, the reversal of the bill subjects transgender people to embarrassment and ridicule so that others know that they are transgender by their presence in the bathroom. Counselors who work with transgender students will tell you that they deeply need the support of family and friends and the community. This bathroom bill movement was started by "Christians" who judge anyone who does not act in what they deem to be 'normal' ways as sinners who need to be shamed and excluded. This is similar to the ways gay people have been treated for decades. The message of Christ in a nutshell was love The Lord thy God with all thy heart and love thy neighbor as thyself. I would ask these so-called Christians, who is thy neighbor? Everyone is thy neighbor: Muslims, Russians, Asians are your neighbor. The gay person across the street and the ex-con working at the auto shop is your neighbor. The prostitute, the gambler and the alcoholic are your neighbors. The poor, the sick and the mentally ill are your neighbors. You do not get to choose who to love if you are Christian, as it has been explained perfectly and simply by Christ. I suggest that my fellow Christians try living one day according to Christian teachings. See if you can love your enemies, turn the other cheek and be mindful that "what you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me." See if you can live one day of your life by the golden rule with everyone one you see, meet or hear about. If you get through one day successfully , then do it again the next day. This will require that you stand in someone else's shoes and suspend your own idea of what is true while opening your heart to hearing and seeing the greater reality that is going on. It will require you to embody "goodwill toward men." Christian teachings are not easy to live by. Love, not fear. Make America think again.

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  • Laura
    02/23/2017
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    Absolutely 100% against this pure hatefulness. It is a step backwards and we as a society need to work on being more equitable, not less.

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  • Tina
    02/26/2017
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    There are no reports of transgender violence. Gender identity is not a choice. It's biological and these people deserve protection. Allow people to use the restroom they identify with. Stop your bigotry.

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  • Beth
    02/23/2017
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    It is ridiculous that government would even need to get involved with bathrooms in the first place, but when state governments cannot be trusted to handle matters appropriately, I guess we have no other choice. Stop legislating with hate and discrimination. Repeal HB2, North Carolina, and protect the real victims here - the transgendered community.

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  • michellelw
    02/23/2017
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    This discrimination is completely unacceptable.

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  • Armando
    02/23/2017
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    Transgenders should be protected under the law from discrimination of any sort; they should be allowed to use the bathroom that they identify the most with. Trump's actions will hurt many families n communities. This is a terrible decision.

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  • Sarah
    02/23/2017
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    Transgender students need the right to use the bathroom of the sex that they identify with. It's is not a threat to other students, as in most cases, you would never know that they are of a different sex. It is not some flippant choice they have made, it is their personal identity, which is deeply ingrained in them. Their change needs to be respected, and they need to be treated with respect, and allowed to use the bathroom they choose. This new order by our aggressive, sexist president is very, very troubling to me. I hope congress will not allow this to move any farther forward.

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  • Lauren
    02/23/2017
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    This is ridiculous. Discrimination is not the answer.

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  • willbutler
    02/23/2017
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    As a LGBTQ-identified person, I beg you to do more within your power to protect trans youth, the most vulnerable population among us who face higher rates of bullying, suicide and murder. Trans kids need to feel safe at their schools, and if the Trump administration is not going to allow that to happen, please push back against him.

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  • Lindsay
    02/23/2017
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    This is absolutely absurd to deny the right of a child or anyone who faces such intense emotional and physicality of identity. We all need to stand to protect our youth and fellow friends in their most challenging decisions.

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  • Lewis
    02/23/2017
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    There was no good reason to dismantle this rule which protected vulnerable children. Happy to see Betsy DeVos objected. Sad that she didn't persists. Please do what you can to overturn this bad decision.

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