Trans students’ rights are rejected by Trump

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As expected, the Trump administration on Wednesday (22 February) rescinded protective guidance for transgender students of the American schools. Transgender students face disproportionately high rates of bullying, harassment and discrimination at school, and now they will have no protecting guidance, which irritated the whole society. In part, the TV host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that this is not against strans people and not even against LGBT, it is against humanity in general. The Human Rights Campaign chief Chad Griffin, in turn, stated: ‘What could possibly motivate a blind and cruel attack on young children like this? ‘These transgender students simply want to go to school in the morning without fear of discrimination or harassment. The consequences of this decision will no doubt be heartbreaking. Children deserve protection from bullying no matter what state they live in. Period. The policies included in the rescinded guidance have existed in cities, states, and school districts – from Minneapolis to Fort Worth – for years, seamlessly and successfully affirming and welcoming transgender students in thousands of classrooms throughout the country. Every transgender student should know that, no matter what Donald Trump does or says, there are millions of people who will fight to stand up for them. We are proud to be among them’. The guidance provides clarity on the right of students to not be discriminated against, or bullied because of their gender identity. It also covers the rules of using gender pronouns and addressing by names.

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