Friday, February 24, 2017

Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students




See the full article here

Summary: US President Donald Trump overruled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and rescinded rules that allow transgender students to use their desired bathrooms.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?


21 comments:

  1. you cant really show lgbt students that they are supported and loved because everyone has done everything in their power to show the love and support, but i believe that students will start being vivtums of bullying due to the creation of bathrooms.;

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think that LGBT students should be able to make their choice of what bathroom they want to use. If schools want to they should also have a all gender single bathroom if it is still uncomfortable for LGBT students to use the boys/girls bathroom.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is a tough issue to come to a real conclusion on, as in one instance transgender students feel uncomfortable using a bathroom they feel like they do not belong in, and on the other hand, students using these bathrooms feel uncomfortable seeing a member of the opposite sex in their bathroom. Either way, I don't see how the rule will cause bullying within schools; if anything, it is likely to decrease bullying, due to it forcing students to use their sexually correct bathrooms, and therefore hiding a student's true mental feelings.

    ReplyDelete
  4. You can like what you like, say what you want to say, do what you want to do just as long as it never it gets violent. I think anyone is entitled to what they want to do. LGBTQ people should be allowed to do what they want, same as everyone else

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree with what you just shared, I just think it's a matter of certain people misunderstanding this right, that's why conflicts happen.

      Delete
  5. I believe that this decision will affect the community as a whole rather than just the LGBT's. This is because anyone who has a close connection with an LGBTQ will start to get involved. People are people no matter what they identify themselves as. If someone of the male sex identifies as a female, then they should be allowed to use whatever bathroom they please. We can spread a message of love and support to LGBT students by not following Trump's new and outrageous policy.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I believe that whatever they may do, it will change many people other than just the LGBT's. I say this because there are many people who will be close to the LGBT and support it but may not really be in the group. When there are genders that identify themselves as the other gender, then there would be many people who will pretend to go into the other gender stall. I still believe that they should make fair rules for this.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I agree with Aaron's statement that this decision will affect the entire community, not just the LGBT community. I believe that LGBT student should be able to use a bathroom in which they feel comfortable in. As a student I feel that we can spread the love by having a bathroom in which they feel comfortable in. No one should be scared to be who they are.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I feel it may have some mild effect for the whole community however it is still affecting the LGBT community. However we are offered rights so any LGBT students should be able to feel free in any bathroom and have the right to choose whatever they like.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think transgender students can experience bullying due to this new law. I think we can spread safety around by telling our fellow transgender students that they are welcome and they aren't seen as any less to us.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I agree with Marlene because although the government was supposed to protect it's people but instead it causes and spreads bullying. Also agree with how we can make our fellow transgender students feel comfortable.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I believe that should be able to use these bathrooms because I feel that they should accomadate the LGBT members because that's the way they fell. I think it will change many people other than just the LGBT's. I problem I see is when there are genders that identify themselves as the other gender, then there would be many people who will pretend to go into the other gender stall.

    ReplyDelete
  13. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I strongly believe that transgender people or people apart of LBGT groups in our community are supported and loved. This issue with the bathrooms will only lead to misuse and a problem. You will not be able to limit anyone from going in either bathroom. What would be the point of labeling the bathroom GIRLS/BOYS if it does not matter that male goes in the girls bathroom, because he is Transgender. I believe that the bathrooms should not be the concern. Its not like the bathrooms really effect their life that much, they go in and get out. If you were to create all gendered bathrooms its the same thing as letting the transgender male go into the girls bathroom. The bathroom becomes open to either sex.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I believe this is unreasonable and completely unfair to transgender students and that it will not change anything for the better. If "everyone was created equal," then why aren't they treated equally?

    ReplyDelete
  16. I think that Trumps decision to get rid of all gender restrooms is unreasonable. Banning all gender restrooms is just discriminating against a certain group of people. Just because Trump views transgenders as "different" doesn't mean that they should be treated differently that others.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I agree with Amanda, everyone should feel like they have a place in this world. Especially in schools, no one should be discriminated and we have to teach kids while they are young that no one is different simply beacuse of who they like or which gender they choose to be. Bathrooms should be for everyone, and I mean you are in there for about a minute of your life, is having an LGBT person in there really going to effect the way you go the bathroom?

    ReplyDelete
  18. It's quite ironic that trump said he would help the LGBTQ community but here is revoking rights. Him "leaving it up to the states" is a cowardly move.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I don't believe that either solution presented is perfect, because both leave select groups of individuals uncomfortable. I think the best solution is to do what we've done at Aragon and have unisex bathrooms. These are single-person use, so claims about "sexual harassment" from trans people in a shared bathroom are alleviated. By having these shared gender bathrooms, with only one occupant at a time, both trans students and heterosexual students can feel safe. As for showing the LGBT community that they are loved and accepted, I think the best thing we can do is discuss their rights as our rights. They deserve all the rights that any other American citizen does.

    ReplyDelete
  20. i don`t really think that there is a perfect solution, because either way, both side are going to have someone who is unhappy. I also agree to have a bathroom that both side can use so it is fair and justice and people will be happy about it.

    ReplyDelete