Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Trump-Devos war on already-stressed children

Cue the bullying, as transgender kids are now at the mercy of states-rightists, and the equally cowardly Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy Devos. 
The Trump administration on Wednesday rolled back protections for transgender students instituted by the Obama administration that allowed children to use school bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identities.
Devos - - 
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- - had a chance to make a real stand for children and parents and their civil and human rights, but after some initial objections threw in with Sessions after a meeting with Trump to keep her job. 
...she sided with the administration's position, arguing that the issue of transgender students and restrooms is “best solved at the state and local level.”
Excellent discussion, here
...the government has sent a deeply disturbing message to transgender students that they are less than other students and unworthy of protection.
That would be a damaging thing for the Department of Education to do to anyone. But it is especially troubling here, given that transgender students already are subject to more violence and harassment — both by other children and by adults — than their peers. 
These obstacles help explain why many transgender students drop out of school, why nearly half of transgender children have considered suicide and why at least a quarter of them have attempted it. What’s more, discrimination in schools has far-reaching and lifelong consequences for transgender people — psychologically and financially.


Anonymous said...

No matter how much education some people are given, there are those who still delight in and derive satisfaction by bringing pain and hardship to those who are the most vulnerable.

Anonymous said...

How you can call keeping biological boys out of girls bathrooms "discrimination" goes beyond any common sense. I agree with you on many things but saying transgenders are harmed by standard bathroom practices is just political partisanship. Actually, most of us dont notice who uses what and dont make a point of investigating it. This " harm" thing is way overstated.

James Rowen said...

Adolescence is all about fitting in. Surveys show many of these children contemplate suicide or have attempted it. Have a heart.

Anonymous said...

Those you are calling "biological boys" are not a threat to girls in restrooms. They identify as female. Where there is danger is when individuals who identify as female are forced to use male bathrooms.