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Demand Protection for Trans Students

The Issue

The Obama Administration instructed all public school districts to allow students to use the bathrooms consistent with their gender identities. Obama's executive order sought to counter the discriminatory laws that mandate trans people use the public restrooms that correspond to their sex assigned at birth (HB2, or the infamous "Bathroom Bill" in North Carolina). 45's administration has continued his attacks on vulnerable populations this week, when the portion of the Obama order safeguarding trans students' ability to use the restroom that they are most comfortable with was revoked. On February 22nd, 45's administration instructed the Education and Justice Departments to notify schools that they are to stop allowing trans students to use the restroom that they feel safe in, and use the facilities that correspond with their gender assigned at birth.

The largest survey taken of transgender people in the United States finds that nearly 60% of trans students have avoided using the restroom out of fear of confrontation, citing harassment and assaults. The Survey found:

  • More than three-quarters (77%) of those who were out or perceived as transgender at some point between Kindergarten and Grade 12 (K–12) experienced some form of mistreatment, such as being verbally harassed, prohibited from dressing according to their gender identity, disciplined more harshly, or physically or sexually assaulted because people thought they were transgender.
  • Fifty-four percent (54%) of those who were out or perceived as transgender in K–12 were verbally harassed, nearly one-quarter (24%) were physically attacked, and 13% were sexually assaulted in K–12 because of being transgender.
  • Seventeen percent (17%) faced such severe mistreatment as a transgender person that they left a K–12 school.
  • Nearly one-quarter (24%) of people who were out or perceived as transgender in college or vocational school were verbally, physically, or sexually harassed. 
  • Nearly half (46%) of respondents were verbally harassed in the past year because of being transgender.
  • Nearly half (47%) of respondents were sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime and one in ten (10%) were sexually assaulted in the past year. Respondents who have done sex work (72%), those who have experienced homelessness (65%), and people with disabilities (61%) were more likely to have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
  • More than half (54%) experienced some form of intimate partner violence, including acts involving coercive control and physical harm.
  • Nearly one-quarter (24%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner, compared to 18% in the U.S. population.

Action Items

Don't allow 45's Administration bully trans kids.

Sign this letter by the ACLU and send it to Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

Call your representatives and demand protection for Trans Students. 

"I'm calling to express my opposition to President Trump's reversal of Obama's executive order allowing transgender students use bathrooms based on their gender identities. The real threat to school safety is not transgender students in bathrooms, but discriminatory policies that stigmatize vulnerable children and teens."

To learn more about trans people and restroom access, read this report. To learn more about being a good ally to trans people, read this resource. You can also explore this toolkit for educators.

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