Los Angeles LGBT Center Responds to U.S. Education Department’s Refusal to Protect Transgender Students - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Responds to U.S. Education Department’s Refusal to Protect Transgender Students

February 12, 2018
Contact: Media Relations

In response to the Department of Education’s admission that they will not investigate discrimination against transgender students who are banned from using restrooms that align with their gender identities, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and Community Building Dave Garcia issued the following statement:

“The Department of Education confirmed today what they’ve been suggesting all along: they have no intention to protect the well-being of transgender students in this country. Although this is not a surprise to many of us, it is nonetheless appalling and careless.

“Contrary to the Department’s beliefs, forcing students to use restrooms that do not align with their gender identities is clear discrimination. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits have already ruled to confirm the inclusion of transgender students in Title IX protections.

“Even more disappointing than this Republican Administration’s failure to uphold their legal obligations is their rampant disregard for the dignity and safety of all students. No student should have to avoid public spaces in their schools, and absolutely no student should experience discrimination. The fact that this Administration’s Department of Education thinks differently speaks volumes.”

In California, the School Success and Opportunity Act still protects the rights of transgender students to use the facilities that align with their gender identities. Local advocates should ensure that their California public school district has adopted district policies that comply with the School Success and Opportunities Act. Further guidance on this issue may be found on the California Department of Education’s website at cde.ca.gov/re/di/eo/faqs.asp.

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