The Trump Administration’s move to withdraw Title IX school guidance protections issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education is a shockingly unacceptable decision with serious implications for transgender youth.
In May of 2016, under guidance from the Obama Administration, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice specifically clarified that sex discrimination based on gender identity and expression is prohibited by Title IX in all educational programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance.
The decision to rollback this critical protection puts transgender and gender non-conforming youth at even greater risk of bullying and other forms of discrimination. According to a GLSEN report, seventy-five percent of transgender students report feeling unsafe in school. We believe all students deserve access to an education free from stigma, discrimination and violence. Stigma and discrimination are well known factors that increase individuals’ vulnerability to a number of health issues including suicide and HIV. A study by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute found that nearly 50 percent of transgender people report attempting suicide. The importance of prohibiting all forms of sex discrimination based on gender identity and expression is absolutely critical to the health and wellbeing of our transgender community.
Following our recent mission expansion to provide specialized LGBTQ primary care we are increasing our advocacy efforts locally, regionally and nationally to ensure that LGBTQ people have the same access to healthcare and are afforded equal rights under the law. We will continue to work with our community partners to advocate against issues like this and to help further advance the rights of LGBTQ people.
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