Trump Promised To Be A Friend To The LGBTQ Community. Now Trans Kids Are Holding Him Accountable.

"Donald Trump has proven time and time again that he is no friend to our community. Quite the opposite."

During a June 13, 2016 speech then-presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed to be a "friend of the LGBT community," but the actions of his administration have repeatedly proven otherwise.

Just over a month after President Trump's inauguration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would be rolling back anti-discrimination protections and guidance for transgender students that had been put in place by the Obama administration. The protections under Title IX, which permitted transgender students to use restrooms according to their gender identity, are now in jeopardy as several states try to counteract them with legislation.

In a new video from the Human Rights Campaign — the largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in America — young trans kids are reminding Trump of his promise and schooling anti-trans politicians on what it means to be a friend.

"A friend stands up for me and likes me no matter who I am," one child tells the camera. "A friend will protect me from bullies."

Another adds, "A friend wants me to be happy."

The powerful video, which is just under a minute long, concludes by stating, "Donald Trump, you are no friend." 

"These transgender kids know what it means to be a friend — a friend accepts them, cares for them, and protects them from bullies," HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride said in a statement. "From rescinding lifesaving guidance protecting transgender students to appointing anti-transgender officials and judges, Donald Trump has proven time and time again that he is no friend to our community. Quite the opposite."

The rescinding of Obama-era protections has given rise to harmful "bathroom bills", which typically mandate transgender students must use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they were assigned at birth rather than the gender they identify as. Conservatives argue such bills keep others from harm, yet research has continually showed transgender children are actually the ones endangered by the discriminatory legislation.

According to a 2013 school survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) 75 percent of transgender students reported feeling unsafe in school. Even more disturbing is the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's 2016 finding that 30 percent of transgender youth report a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42 percent report a history of self-injury.

Still, despite some politicians' best efforts, there is evidence the American people don't support such harsh and potentially damaging policies. As Upworthy points out, in 2016 North Carolina governor Pat McCrory enacted one of the nation's most oppressively anti-LGBTQ laws — HB2 — but he failed to get re-elected and was replaced by a challenger who ran on repealing it.

"That power to effect transformation change remains," McBride tells the site. "The momentum is on our side. History is on our side."

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