Americans Vow To Protect Transgender Youth After Trump Administration Reverses Bathroom Guidelines

If the government won't protect them, their communities will.

Amid the national controversy last year surrounding bathroom bills, President Obama issued federal guidance to public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms according to their gender identity. The policy ensured that transgender youth, one of the most vulnerable groups in America, would be protected from discrimination in schools. But on Wednesday, the Trump administration revoked those bathroom guidelines, dealing a swift blow to transgender students and advocates across the country.

But instead of giving in to the intolerance, people rallied together in front of the White House in a powerful show of support and solidarity for the trans community, using the hashtag  #ProtectTransKids. 



State and local officials took things further by issuing statements quickly after the announcement vowing to uphold bans protecting transgender students from discriminations. Attorneys General in New York, New Mexico, and Washington state, as well as several school districts, stated they will continue enforcing the rights of trans youth, BuzzFeed News reported. 

Hector Balderas, New Mexico's AG, said in a statement that he will "aggressively enforce the rule of law to protect the health, safety, and welfare of New Mexicans; and no government entities, including schools, should discriminate against any individual."

Such actions show the positive impact advocates working together can have — even in the face of a powerful administration opposing them. 

Back in April while on the campaign trail, Trump weighed in on the bathroom bill controversy, saying that they should "use the bathroom they feel is appropriate." He even welcomed Caitlyn Jenner to use whichever restroom she wanted at Trump Tower in New York. 

But the LGBTQ community remained wary of Trump, considering his propensity for flip-flopping, and that his Vice President, Mike Pence, was a vocal critic of Obama's directive on transgender students. And now with the administration having moved to strip them of their rights, the transgender community knows where they stand, and are girding for a showdown. Meanwhile, support continues to pour in as people work together to make the positive changes they'd like to see. 

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