Media Release: Sacramento Stonewall Democrats Denounce Trump Administration Withdrawal of Guidelines that Protected Transgender Students
CONTACT: Jann Dorothy, firstname.lastname@example.org
SACRAMENTO— The Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento
strongly objects to guidelines issued by the Trump Administration that roll back
an Obama Administration policy designed to reduce anti-transgender
discrimination in public schools.
In 2016 the Departments of Justice and Education issued comprehensive
guidance to ensure that transgender students were being treated fairly and with
dignity in public and federally funded schools, including having equal access to
sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity, such as restrooms
and locker rooms.
Withdrawing the guidelines dovetails with the Justice Department’s decision this
month to step away from defending such guidance in a federal appeals court.
According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, “The president has
maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the
“This is a callous and deeply disturbing action by Mr. Trump, who is apparently
not satisfied with depriving immigrants, refugees and Muslims with basic civil
rights, but now cavalierly tosses aside transgender students as well,” said Jann
Dorothy, President of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento, a
political organization whose singular mission is advocating on behalf of the LGBT
“Transgender youth face significant discrimination and bullying in our nation’s
schools,” Dorothy continued. “Just last year, North Carolina adopted its infamous
HB2, a law that actually required discrimination against transgender people,
including public schools. Unfortunately, several states, Texas among them, are
considering similar bills. This is misguided and tragic, as it imperils transgender
youth and sends a message that they are not worth protecting.”
Last week, in response to the DOJ’s action, more than 1,000 parents of
transgender children from 45 states, with help from the Human Rights Campaign,
sent a letter to President Trump condemning the decision and calling on his
administration to fully enforce federal civil rights laws. The parents, representing
thousands of families of transgender children across the country, wrote, “No
young person should wake up in the morning fearful of the school day ahead.
When this guidance was issued last year, it provided our families — and other
families like our own across the country — with the knowledge and security that
our government was determined to protect our children from bullying and
discrimination. Please do not take that away from us.”
The Stonewall Democratic Club condemns this unconscionable action by the
Trump Administration. We call for common decency and that all public officials
everywhere recognize discrimination experienced by the LGBT community. Stand
against bigotry in all forms.
The Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento is one of the largest Democratic clubs in
the region and in our nation. We work toward Democratic values for all.