Statement on Trump Administration Attack on Transgender Student Protections
February 22, 2017
Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer
San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after it was announced that President Trump has rescinded the Obama Administration’s Title IX guidance to schools on protecting the rights of transgender students:
“No student should face discrimination at school because of who they are. Transgender students have the same right to a safe environment at school and in their community as everyone else. Withdrawing the historic guidance from the Obama Administration to protect transgender students is a cruel blow to an already vulnerable group of young people.
“This move shows that President Trump cannot be trusted to defend the rights of LGBT Americans. This is not a state issue. This is an issue of equality for all. The Administration’s wanton disregard of protecting the civil rights of the LGBT community is harmful to our communities and our schools.
“Democrats will keep demanding that the Trump Administration advocate for all Americans. Transgender students and all students are protected by the Constitution and Title IX, regardless of this Administration’s callous position. House Democrats will never stop confronting bigotry and discrimination wherever it is practiced, and will never stop fighting for LGBT equality."