LGBT Groups meet with DOE Secretary DeVos

Three LGBTQ groups sat with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today hoping to inform the controversial secretary about the needs to protect transgender students.

The Representatives of the National Center for Transgender Equality; the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; and Equality Michigan all were able to discuss this important topic with DeVos.

“I joined my colleagues from NCTE and Equality Michigan and a delegation of families in meeting with Secretary DeVos to relay the concerns and fears of hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and parents who have been affected by the alarming actions of the Trump administration,” said Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN.

“We highlighted the pervasive violence and discrimination that the majority of transgender students face across the country, including being prevented from using their correct name and pronouns and appropriate school facilities. We told DeVos about the immediate impact of withdrawing the guidance, and discussed ways that she might be able to mitigate the pain, fear, and confusion that decision has caused. We described the years of experience, research and careful policy-making behind the original Title IX guidance and all of the emerging best practices it helped to publicize.

“Above all, we ensured that DeVos heard – directly from us – that we will not budge or compromise when it comes to the full support and protection that all of our children, including LGBTQ youth, deserve from this Administration, from the Department of Education and from its Office for Civil Rights.”

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