To every trans young person: You are valued, you are important, you matter.
This week, Donald Trump led a vicious attack on transgender children. By rescinding protective guidance issued by the Obama administration, he puts transgender students at further risk in their schools. And he’s trotting out the “states’ rights” argument. Whether the words are coming out of the mouth of Governor George Wallace or White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, they are wrong. Civil rights don’t stop at the state line.
Donald Trump is a bully — and whether at school or in the Oval Office, our job is to hold the bully accountable. With your help we’re doing just that. Since Wednesday, more than 11,000 HRC members and supporters reached out to their representatives to tell them why they need to protect transgender children.
We must keep going. Text “CALL CONGRESS” to 30644 to be directly connected with your members of Congress and urge them to take action.
While students are still entitled to the legal protections guaranteed by Title IX, yesterday’s action is an unconscionable setback for LGBTQ equality — and for transgender young people in particular. Now, more than ever before, it’s time for us to clearly and unequivocally send a message to transgender young people: We see you. We’re here for you. We’ve got your back.
I shared that message on Wednesday when the news broke and I will share that message every single day for the next four years. Watch my message below. And thank you for speaking up, standing up and showing your support.
PS — Earlier this week, HRC worked with the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to host a briefing on how Trump’s executive order on immigration impacts extremely vulnerable LGBTQ individuals abroad. We will not be silent as he risks these individuals’ lives.
Today, Donald Trump unconscionably revoked critical protections for transgender students. And he did it under the guise of so-called “states rights.” Well this is an excuse that has been used throughout our history by those who are opposed to equal rights… from Governor George Wallace to Orval Faubus — and so many others.
Let me be clear: This is not a states rights issue. This is a fundamental civil rights issue. All students should be protected equally regardless of where they live. Donald Trump is a bully and whether at school or in the Oval Office, our job is to hold the bully accountable. And with your help we’re doing just that.
But equally important is that we all stand up for those who are being bullied. Every single one of us can do something. Every single one of us can help.
This is a moment to affirm your love and your support for transgender youth.
So whether you’re a teacher, a counselor, a parent, a preacher, a neighbor or an elected official, we need you to stand up — stand up, speak out and show your support for transgender young people today.
And call your elected officials and ask them what they are doing to protect all students. And make sure your school has an inclusive policy. Ask these questions. And reach out to a young person who might be hurt — might be hurt by what they’re seeing from this president and from this White House today.
And in closing I want every young person in America to hear this: you are valued, you are important, you matter. Donald Trump is one little man who happens to be the president. But millions upon millions of us have your back.