NewsPublic Affairs / February 23, 2017

Transgender Advocates Speak Out After Title IX Decision

Kit Malone, who consults for the ACLU of Indiana, says it could mean some feel emboldened to deny trans children the respect and dignity they deserve.ACLU of Indiana, transgender, Title IX, Kit Malone2017-02-23T00:00:00-05:00

Kit Malone, who consults for the ACLU of Indiana, says it could mean some feel emboldened to deny trans children the respect and dignity they deserve. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)


One day after President Donald Trump’s administration removed Title IX guidelines that seek to protect transgender students’ rights, local groups and advocates spoke out against the decision Thursday.

Kit Malone, who consults for the ACLU of Indiana, says it could mean some feel emboldened to deny trans children the respect and dignity they deserve.

“We know that trans children in public schools face incredible rates of harassment and discrimination," Malone says. "Up to 75 percent of trans children report feeling unsafe in schools.”

Krisztina Inskeep, an Indiana Youth Group board member and the parent of a trans son, notes the decision to rescind the guidelines doesn’t change the law.

“But it allows unnecessary confusion and turmoil in the schools and in society, it opens the door for denying students their rights,” Inskeep says.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Virginia case involving a transgender student using the school bathroom, a case with strong ties to the newly-rescinded guidelines. Oral arguments are scheduled for March 28.

 

 

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