February 13, 2018


Washington, D.C. – As Chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus’s Transgender Equality Task Force, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today requested a meeting with the Trump Administration’s top civil rights officials. Raising concerns about the unconstitutional transgender military ban, the elimination of protections for transgender students, and the creation of rules targeting trans health care, Kennedy and his colleagues on the Task Force requested a response by February 23, 2018.
“The Trump Administration has systemically targeted transgender individuals by rolling back protections for them in our schools, doctors’ offices and armed forces,” said Congressman Kennedy. “The public servants tasked in any administration with protecting civil rights serve a crucial role in the defense of fundamental freedoms of all Americans. The Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force has requested this urgent meeting to clarify the Trump Administration’s official policy on civil rights and provide guidance for the thousands of Americans impacted by their failure to uphold equal protection.”
Signed by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05), and Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), the meeting request was sent to the civil rights department at the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education, and Department of Homeland Security. To read the full letter, please click here

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For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2018
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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