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Action-A-Day 2/24: Support Transgender Students

Support Transgender Students and Denounce Reversal of Obama’s  Title IX Guidance

ACTION 1: Call or email the following:

White House
Comment Line: 202-456-1111
Email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/#page

Department of Education, Division of Civil Rights
Call: 800-421-3481
Email: education@usdoj.gov
Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education: betsy.devos@ed.gov   

Department of Justice
Comment Line: 202-353-1555
Civil Rights Division: 202-514-4609
Email: ocr@ed.gov

Chris Van Hollen:
(202) 224-4654 or https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/content/contact-senator 
Ben Cardin (has already released an opposing statement):
(202) 224-4524 or (410) 962-4436

SAMPLE SCRIPT               

My name is _____ and I am your constituent from [your zip code]. I strongly denounce the Federal Government’s reversal of President Obama’s guidance on Title IX. I cannot stand idly by, while the lives of children are put at risk. Title IX is life-saving protection for our transgender youth throughout the country. It protects this vulnerable population’s safety and mental health, and affords them the benefit of an equal educational environment. I believe this reversal serves only to confuse schools on how best to address the rights of transgender students.  Civil rights is a matter for the Federal Government to enforce and ensure throughout the land and which must not differ from state to state. Do not turn back the clock on civil rights.

IF CALLING YOUR SENATORS:  Please also add that you firmly oppose the appointment of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, because he has historically declined to defend the equal rights of LGBTQ people.

Here is more background on the reversal: https://rewire.news/article/2017/02/23/title-ix-protects-trans-students-no-matter-trump-administration-believes/

 

ACTION 2: Stand with PFLAG

Follow PFLAG on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PFLAGWCC/
PFLAG Website: http://www.pflagwcc.org/

Attend Board of Education Meetings in alliance with PFLAG. Next meeting is March 8 from 4pm to 7pm. https://carrollcan.org/calendar-of-events/2017/3/8/boe-meeting-ccps

Attend March 6 Board of Ed Town Hall meeting and plan to tell your story. 7pm to 9pm.
https://carrollcan.org/calendar-of-events/2017/3/6/town-meeting-w-rothschild-guthrie

 

ACTION 3: Whether you are Trans or an Ally, it's important to get educated on the rights of Transgender (gender nonconforming) students.

Tips, Resources, and a List of Who’s On Your Side:
http://www.transequality.org/school-action-center

Maryland’s Transgender Guidelines and Help:
http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Documents/DSFSS/SSSP/ProvidingSafeSpacesTransgendergenderNonConformingYouth012016.pdf

http://archives.marylandpublicschools.org/bullying/PDF/LGBTQ-Student-Rights.

Know Your Rights: Transgender People and the Law:
https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/transgender-people-and-law

If you have faced discrimination as a Trans person, the ACLU may be able to help you. Fill out this form: https://action.aclu.org/secure/report-lgbthiv-discrimination  

Know Your Rights – ACLU’s Information on what to do if you face harrassment at school. https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/lgbt-high-school-students-what-do-if-you-face-harassment-school

Lambda Legal provides legal and other help: http://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20170221_ed-guidance-recision

More things you can do: Break a gender rule, make a restroom more accessible, suggest a gender-related book to your book club, or help make a community group you are involved with more welcoming. Read about these ideas and 48 more, here: http://www.transequality.org/issues/resources/52-things-you-can-do-transgender-equality

MORE INFO:

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration’s Departments of Justice and Education reversed Title IX guidance supporting transgender students. 

“As adults, we have a basic responsibility to ensure that no child should ever be fearful of going to school or discriminated against when in the classroom. Today’s withdrawal of civil rights protections afforded to transgender students under Title IX by the Departments of Education and Justice is a tragic step backwards for these children. It is alarming that the primary enforcers of federal civil rights protections for students have chosen to turn their back on some of the most vulnerable children in our classrooms. Regardless of a student’s zip code, they deserve a safe learning environment where they are able to reach their full academic potential.

“As with other rushed decisions from the Trump Administration, it may have been helpful to think through the repercussions of their actions prior to releasing such a harmful directive. I wish the Trump Administration would have considered the mental and physical wellbeing of the transgender students being targeted by this action rather than appeasing his political base.”

Baltimore Sun reports on what the reversal means in Maryland: "While no changes to the Maryland policy are expected…”In Carroll County, officials say they are waiting for a ruling in a Supreme Court case on the issue. A transgender teen in Virginia sued his school system to allow him access to the boys' bathroom. Arguments are scheduled to be heard before the court in March.

“Steven Johnson, the assistant superintendent of instruction for Carroll County schools, said school system attorneys have advised the school system to "maintain the status quo" until a ruling is made.

“Transgender students in Carroll County schools can use bathrooms and locker rooms of their birth gender, or they can use a separate bathroom, Johnson said.”