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The Trump administration is likely to rescind guidance protecting transgender students at public schools. You can contact the Attorney General and White House now and tell them to protect transgender students. Here's how:

ACTION: Tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to protect transgender students!

Visit the Justice Department contact form and select the topic: “Messages to the Attorney General.”

Sample message:

Mr. Attorney General, all students deserve the dignity of being free from harassment and discrimination, including use of the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Schools are frequently unwelcome places for LGBT youth, but particularly for transgender students.

Please do the right thing and uphold the administrative guidance under President Obama that ensures transgender students in public schools throughout the country can use the appropriate bathroom.

ACTION: Tell President Trump to protect transgender students!

Visit the White House’s contact page and send a “Message to the President.”

Sample message:

Mr. President, please do the right thing and uphold the administrative guidance under President Obama that helps protect transgender students in public schools throughout the country.

Transgender students, like all students, deserve to attend school without the fear of harassment and discrimination and to simply use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Please see below for an important message regarding transgender students from our partner, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE):

We are hearing from inside the Trump administration that the White House will rescind the Title IX school guidance issued last year by the Department of Education and Department of Justice supporting transgender kids in schools, possibly as early as tomorrow.

This would be a horrendous attack on trans students. It would almost certainly encourage the worst schools to ignore the rights of trans students. Additionally, this would be a statement that the federal government was not willing to enforce federal civil rights laws for all students.

However . . .

* Withdrawing the Departments' guidance letter would not change the law. Title IX protects transgender students, as most courts have agreed. Schools have a legal and a moral duty to support all students, including transgender students. NCTE will be making that clear to every school in the country.

* The federal guidance was based on over a decade of case law and proven best practices from schools around the country. The nation's education leaders--including the leading associations of teachers, principals, pediatricians, and school counselors and psychologists--support treating all students equally and consistent with their gender identity.

* Schools nationwide are increasingly supporting and affirming transgender students, and most will continue to do so with or without guidance from the administration. Over 40% of K-12 students attend schools with affirming state or local policies, and that number is rapidly growing. Many colleges and universities have also made their support clear in policies.

* The guidance and its approach to supporting transgender students are supported by the American Association of Secondary School Principals-which requested the guidance-as well as the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Psychologists, the American School Counselors Association, the National Parent-Teacher Association, the National Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers.

* The guidance is already working for nearly half of America's students. The federal guidance is based on guidelines from 14 states and DC and from hundreds of other local school districts, with tens of millions of students.

* Title IX protections are based on more than 15 years of case law. Five federal appeals courts and over a dozen district courts, stretching back over 15 years, have found that federal sex discrimination laws, including Title IX, prohibit discrimination against transgender people. One district court, however, issued a nationwide order last year preventing the departments from enforcing Title IX in some cases involving transgender students.

* Gavin Grimm's case in front of the Supreme Court next month is more important than ever. The questions before the court are 1) to evaluate the guidance and 2) whether the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX applies to transgender students seeking to use the restroom in school consistent with their gender identity. If the federal government rescinds the guidance, the second question would still be before the court.

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February 21, 2017