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After it was announced on Wednesday that the Trump administration would roll back federal protections for transgender students (opens in new tab), many took to the streets and to social media in protest.
As previously reported (opens in new tab), the Obama-era guidance allowed transgender students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities, which advocates argued was essential in helping to protect trans students (opens in new tab) from bullying and discrimination. Without it, the decision on whether or not to allow transgender students to use their restrooms and locker rooms of choice will be given back to the states and school districts, which will now be responsible for interpreting federal anti-discrimination laws.
In response to these protections being rescinded, people were quick to voice their outrage, including quite a few celebrities who've made it clear that they're a part of #TheResistance. Here are just some who have voiced their opposition to the roll backs so far.
We need to protect trans youth and stand up against this cruelty that hurts our kids. Support @TranslifelineFebruary 22, 2017
I was a trans student. I know how vital it is to feel safe, welcomed & affirmed. Equal access enabled me to attend, stay & thrive in school.February 23, 2017
Listen. Those of us who believe in justice and dignity FOR ALL will not be silenced. We grow louder the more you try. #protecttranscitizens https://t.co/4wcGRACthBFebruary 23, 2017
My note to trans students in the wake of Trump administration's rollbacks https://t.co/Ob3wjHhznYFebruary 23, 2017
Fuck this https://t.co/DHKh3AfQoUFebruary 23, 2017
If you support lifting fed protections of trans kids, you are supporting an act of cruelty towards kids who know enough cruelty already 2/3February 23, 2017
There's no reason 2 roll back rights for trans citizens or anyone else. What jobs does that create? How is that keeping the US safe? #ResistFebruary 23, 2017
I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterloveFebruary 22, 2017
we must #ProtectTransKids. this administration is attacking disenfranchised communities one by one. we must stand together for what's right. https://t.co/zbCIoMZKRiFebruary 23, 2017
Just seeing the news about removing laws protecting trans people. This isn’t about politics. It’s about human rights, and it’s not okay.February 23, 2017
Trans friend, if you are struggling tonight, please reach out to @TrevorProject and @Translifeline. Equality for all! #ISTANDWITHGAVIN pic.twitter.com/bgipj0rmqgFebruary 23, 2017
Ah I am with you in spirit. #StandwithGavin https://t.co/FomJICKyxhFebruary 22, 2017
Ugly! Trump administration set to rescind protections for transgender students ➡️ by @aterkel https://t.co/678NPUt4Yh via @HuffPostPolFebruary 22, 2017
Gavin Grimm to @realDonaldTrump: Transgender students just want to learn in peace https://t.co/FWFlnSSivI # via @HuffPostPolFebruary 23, 2017
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