Friday, February 24, 2017
Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students
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Summary: US President Donald Trump overruled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and rescinded rules that allow transgender students to use their desired bathrooms. Ms. DeVos was clearly uncomfortable of the decision to drop the opposition and told the president that she is bothered by the fact that transgender students may experience potential harm due to the outcome. In a statement she released Wednesday night she stated that it is a "moral obligation" for schools to protect their students from discrimination and harassment. Gay rights supporters expressed displeasure and protested outside the White House, exclaiming the words "No hate, no fear. Trans students are welcome here". Although the decision has been made, individual schools will still let transgender students use the bathroom that they want and the effect of the decision will not be immediate.
Connection: Even though it was for a different reason, it is connected to the Civil Rights Movement where African-Americans fought for their rights that they truly deserved as they are part of "all" the men that are "created equal".
Discussion Questions: Will this decision affect not only LGBT students, but the whole community of students (the whole school/s)? What are your thoughts regarding this decision? As a student, how can you spread the message to LGBT students that they are loved and they are accepted?