The Politex Report #1246

Trump's Sex Discrimination: Democracy Is About Protecting Us All

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"Yesterday, the Trump administration rescinded Title IX guidance on how schools could avoid unlawful discrimination against transgender students. The joint letter that rescinded the guidance, signed by Sandra Battle of the Department of Education and T.E. Wheeler II of the Department of Justice, claims the departments need to "more completely consider the legal issues involved."

This move is damaging and cruel. It will endanger and hurt trans youth in their daily lives. It will feed the school-to-prison pipeline. Long term, it would exacerbate the already high rates of homelessness, unemployment and suicide in trans communities. Fortunately, Trump is far from the final word.

Why the Guidance Mattered

The most well known part of the now-rescinded guidance addresses bathroom access for trans students. The guidance improved safety and bathroom access by clarifying that schools may not prohibit trans girl students from using girls' bathrooms, trans boy students from using boys' bathrooms or trans students from using multi-occupancy bathrooms.

But that is not all it did. It also pointed out the following:

The Trump administration's joint letter rescinded the entire guidance, not only the portion about bathrooms."

--Trump's Anti-Trans Action Affects Way More Than Bathroom Access https://t.co/1VNdrBYXFB

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The Trump Federal Government Recinds Obama's Interpretation of Title IX. Let the States Deal With Transgender Kids https://t.co/ybtq4GfFaV

Trump administration abandons support for vulnerable transgender students https://t.co/oqf5TmBDna

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Trump's Anti-Trans Action Affects Way More Than Bathroom Access https://t.co/1VNdrBYXFB

"Kids Will Be Harmed by This": Trump Administration Rolls Back Protections for Transgender Students https://t.co/PoRdYFVbBv

Texas: The Politics of the Toilet Police. https://t.co/iIV6YUZXEk

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The Truth About Transgender Suicide. (Trump decision will contribute to it.) The Huffington Post https://t.co/CvlUiZekjj

One in Every 137 Teenagers Would Identify as Transgender, Report Says. NYT https://t.co/Y279uq20bY

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What Trump's Controversial Transgender Decision Really Means, Legally https://t.co/DOy44NrH57

The biggest LGBT rights case since marriage equality just got bigger https://t.co/lD9KxTjwqx

Bathroom Case Puts Transgender Student on National Stage. NYT https://t.co/fUXNm3zza5

Trump’s transgender move puts spotlight on Supreme Court case https://t.co/5a51k6KAqD

Trump Will Lose Fight Over Bathrooms for Transgender Students: federal law prohibits sex discrimination in education https://t.co/kR3PvB9Lnv

State govs issue orders to protect rights of trans students: We ‘will not tolerate discrimination’ https://t.co/9AwKdEdNlw

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NYT ED: President Trump Breaks a Promise on Transgender Rights: Sessions is against LGBT, Immigrant, Voter rights. https://t.co/1t5pWutdGY

‘He’s caving to his party’: CNN’s Erin Burnett slams Trump’s transgender flip-flop https://t.co/yuWDAYBw0A

President Trump once opposed bathroom laws and pledged to protect transgender Americans. https://t.co/QGT6Xmznko

The moment Trump turned his back on LGBTQ people https://t.co/nzzKsUgO1m

Majority of Americans find Trump dishonest https://t.co/F2glfXVdRT

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US education secretary Betsy DeVos calls Obama transgender guidelines ‘overreach’ https://t.co/6mRu8vFbzn

Betsy DeVos’s Spineless Transgender Bathroom Politics https://t.co/L0HZX9Wkm7

How Bad Did Trump Just Screw Transgender Kids? Ask DeVos! - https://t.co/Gz2RPwirFd

"Puppy" DeVos defends Trump-Sessions rollback of protection for transgender students. Critics blast her. - WP https://t.co/iXoGiGoCwH

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White House Defers to “States’ Rights” on Transgender Protections — But Not on Legalizing Marijuana https://t.co/uzZWYXVyIx

Trump’s White House is for ‘states’ rights,’ except when it’s against them https://t.co/ibjihCtdYe

Betsy DeVos’ Conflicting Positions on States’ Rights https://t.co/W4Bdjq4gT

Arkansas Supreme Court blocks local LGBT anti-discrimination measures. https://t.co/Pty3g0jxcp

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Report: Sessions and Trump forced DeVos to rescind trans school protections. https://t.co/t0YJ3Oya7f

Jeff Sessions could roll back protections for transgender prisoners https://t.co/TCav6PFk6f

Trump’s Department of Justice just reopened business for private prisons https://t.co/9hoSAmjMs1

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‘You’re sick’: Caitlyn Jenner slams ‘weak’ ‘bullies’ — like AG Jeff Sessions — who ‘pick on kids’ https://t.co/WIOkM1towe

Seth Meyers scolds Trump for "bullying" transgender kids: https://t.co/0lgTPJl42S

CNN conservative flops when challenged to explain where Obama’s trans bathroom rule has hurt kids https://t.co/8XgPLURZGw

‘Straight people are who you need to be worried about’: The View blasts Trump’s reversal of trans protections and conservatives' explanations. https://t.co/7SIXcdgSRC

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‘Stigma and discrimination’: Apple rips Trump for yanking protections from trans students https://t.co/9EdQ5jM1vl

Tech companies at odds wth Trump administration’s removal of protections for transgender students https://t.co/7BFiqslmvz

Transgender Republicans say Trump seriously failed his first LGBT litmus test https://t.co/MhuF0H1Dht

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Trans students worry they’re still a top target of President Trump’s Education Department. Salon https://t.co/KfEsGS6z3U

Trans Author: Young people get trans rights. It’s adults who don’t and insert ignorance into other lives. https://t.co/Wuo7jyNW0y

Trans readers shared their personal stories demonstrating the strength and diversity of the transgender community https://t.co/c9oMuLc9fI

Jackie Evancho, who has a trans sister and sang the national anthem at Trump’s inauguration, asks for Trump meeting. https://t.co/v4B0nV8t5E

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