KENNEDY CALLS FOR REVERSAL OF TRUMP MOVE TO UNDERMINE TRANSGENDER STUDENT PROTECTIONS
Newton, MA – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind President Obama’s Title IX guidance that clarified protections for transgender students.
“Civil rights are a promise this country makes each of us. They cannot be rescinded by the careless swipe of a thoughtless pen. The Trump Administration's actions tonight do not change the fact that discrimination is illegal. But they send a devastating message to our transgender students that their President does not find them worthy of equal protection. If President Trump wants to make good on his alleged support for the LGBTQ community, then he and his Attorney General must pledge to defend these critical protections at all costs."
An outspoken advocate for transgender rights, Kennedy testified in support of the Massachusetts Transgender Equality Bill before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary in 2015. In Congress, he is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus’s bipartisan Transgender Equality Task Force and was an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act of 2015.
For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2017
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