By: Lyle Matthew Kan on February 22, 2017
This evening, the Trump administration rescinded protections for transgender youth from discrimination in schools, based on the Title IX laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex. This decision sends a clear message that the Trump administration is no friend to LGBTQ people and will not protect the most vulnerable among us. Funders for LGBTQ Issues stands alongside many of our members and partners in firm opposition to this decision.
It is important to note that the decision does not change the law itself – Title IX still prohibits discrimination based on sex, and trans youth have the Constitution on their side. Nonetheless, this action — the latest in a long line of moves that undermine civil rights and hurt vulnerable communities — reminds us that there is still a great deal of work to be done when it comes to improving the lived experience of all LGBTQ people.
In the face of this decision, Funders for LGBTQ Issues remains steadfastly committed to improving the lived experience of trans communities and increasing funding for trans issues. Funders have an important role to play in supporting youth in our schools – including transgender youth. We encourage any grantmakers exploring how they can support transgender youth to reach out to us. We also invite you to check out our report TRANSformational Impact.