14-year-old protests against Betsy DeVos with a trans flag

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A 14-year-old student stood up to Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, by wearing a transgender flag as she came to their school with a visit. DeVos is known fopr rolling back trans-protective measures at schools. 14-year-old eighth grade student Torin Hodgman, who uses gender neutral pronouns, quietly donned the flag as Ms. DeVos passed by them. Speaking to Michigan Live, Hodgman said that public schools should be safe spaces for all children, regardless of gender identity, but for trans children it is especially important because they are more likely to harm and even kill themselves in comparison to cis peers. In March this year, DeVos defended her stance on transgender children’s rights, when she was challenged over her policy during a House Appropriations subcommittee. In her response, DeVos confirmed that the department will limit any action against discrimination to a literal reading of discrimination law, which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be subjected to discrimination under any education program.”

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