Trump revokes Title IX Law and overturning protection on Transgender Rights

Trump revokes Title IX Law and overturning protection on Transgender Rights

Reverses Transgender Bathroom Rights

Well it looks as if Trump is at it again, going after Obama's Title IX Law. He looks to rescind or revoke this federal law that protects transgender rights, meaning the ability to use their bathroom, locker rooms and other public facilities that corresponds with their chosen gender identity, rather than their biological sex. It protects against disciminrationation, bullying and harassment of transgender students in schools, and revoking this law could do some serious damage, meaning that transgender students would be vulnerable.

In rescinding the bill it met with some conflict between Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who were pitted against each other in the debate of transgender rights. DeVos did not want to sign onto the bill because she was she was concerned about the potential harms rescinding the bill would have on transgender students. However, Sessions pushed her to sign the bill, has been known as an open opposer to LGBTQA rights and sided with Trump, wanting Devos to drop her opposition.Unfortunately, she gave in and signed the bill because in defying the President, she had the alternative of resigning, and her unease was seen in her statement on Feb 22 night, and said that it was a “moral consideration” for all schools in america to protect their students against discrimination, harassment and bullying.

LGBTQA supporters protested in support of transgender rights, the day that the bill was announced, with the following chant, "No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here."

NY Times

As of the moment,it is up to the individual schools whether or not to protect the transgender students, and they are free to let transgender students use the bathrooms where they are most comfortable. However, the Trump administration's decision will not be immediate due to an federal court issuing an nationwide injunction,meaning that different states have the ability to block Supreme Court ruling.

Trans rights supporters called this act of Trump’s reckless and cruel, “The consequences of this decision will no doubt be heartbreaking,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “This isn’t a states’ rights issue; it’s a civil rights issue.”

While this recent attack damages trans rights on protections, DeVos did specifically place an order within it protecting transgender students from bullying, saying that all students should be able to learn in a safe environment. DeVos has been a supporter of LGBTQA rights for years, and has voiced her concerns about the rates of suicide within the transgender community.

You may ask what can be done to protect transgender youth against discrimination. Well, students can check with their schools to see what their policies are in support of protecting trans students. Protesting and assembling with a local LGBTQA group on campus or at your public school can help you get informed and raise your concerns on what can be done here.

In these difficult times when it may seem like the progress that has been made is spinning backward, its important to keep fighting for civil rights for all. All people no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation have the right to be protected and can openly express themselves. Transgender students should not have to face fear and discrimination, or use the bathroom that does not correlate with their specific identity. Reach out for those who may be going through this struggle right now and let them now that they are not alone. No administration or State law has the right to tell them where they should belong, and the LGBTQA groups and supporters are fighting on behalf of all transgender youth to make sure that they will be protected.

Cover Image Credit: cnet images

Popular Right Now

Illinois Republicans Just Gave A Neo-Nazi A Major Platform

As if having a raging racist for President isn't enough.
views defines a neo-Nazi as a person who belongs to a political organization whose beliefs are inspired or reminiscent of Nazism. We learned about Nazis in school; they were the notorious villains of the story who came to life in a terrible, disgusting way. We learned their absolute hatred for any other race besides their own, insomuch that they murdered those they hated.

It is always a bit of a surprise to me that people who believe in this kind of hatred still exist today, simply because it seems impossible to hate someone that much. Yet society is still plagued with them, and in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, they’ve been given a microphone to express their views.

The villains that many minorities fear and continue to fear are alive and well, spreading their narrative around like wildfire, destroying everything they come in touch with.

And Illinois just made one of them extremely comfortable in one of the most powerful state positions.

70-year-old Arthur Jones became the Republican nominee for Congress in Illinois on Wednesday, upsetting many who had vehemently campaigned against his placement. Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party chairman seemed to have fought the hardest, saying Jones isn’t a “real Republican” but rather a “Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse”.

While Jones disregarded the accusations of being a Nazi, he has been an active participant in the white nationalist movement for years. He ran for mayor of Milwaukee with the National Socialist White People’s Party and runs a campaign website that features a page that disregards the Holocaust completely.

While many continue to make excuses for Trump and his entirely questionable feelings toward minorities, Jones is a Nazi through and through.

Allowing a Nazi into a position of power like Congress invites many dangerous ideals and actions into society, similar to the rise in White nationalism following Trump’s win.

After Trump’s win in the Presidential Election, hate groups have increased by four percent and white supremacist terrorism has seemed to have erupted. The largest white supremacist demonstration, Charlottesville, brought terror to minorities as it seemed the villians were trying to “take back their country”. Trump has not only refused to denounce ties with white supremacists such as former Klan leader David Duke, but has also had the audacity to surround himself with advisors that have direct ties to radicalism.

Whether you choose to see it or not, almost every shooter that has destroyed communities of schools and concert goers was a white nationalist seeking to somehow purify America. The second you hear about a shooting or a homeland terrorism attack, the first thought that pops into your head is a white nationalist.

Giving yet another Nazi a massive platform to continue to spread this kind of hatred will make things worse. We step back into a history that offers no mercy for minorities, a history that seeks to purify the natural diversity of human nature.

While nearly everyone agrees Nazis are bad news, not everyone agrees to truly recognize it. We’ve become a society that shames those who simply want validation and equal treatment. We disregard it as over-the-top and too much to ask for.

The only way to fight this hatred is recognizing what is going on and taking action about it. Don’t elect neo-Nazis, for one, and don’t perpetuate the narrative that they are harmless. Choose to love, choose to be good, fight the better fight. It’s really not that hard if you put your mind to it.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Sun Times

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

You Shouldn't Take Part In March For Our Lives, And Here's Why

You’ll be surprised why.

There are zero reasons. We are marching for gun reform to ensure that everyone in this country is kept safe and that another tragedy like the Parkland shooting never happens again. 17 lives were lost which is 17 too many.

Please take part in history and march on March 24th. Be part of the change. In the meantime sign the petition, call your local legislators, and whatever you do, don’t stop talking about it.

Cover Image Credit: March For Our Lives

Related Content

Facebook Comments