LGBTQ Groups Challenged Betsy DeVos’s Transphobia — But No Change Yet

LGBTQ Groups Challenged Betsy DeVos’s Transphobia — But No Change Yet

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Yesterday, LGBTQ activists met with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to talk about protections for trans students.

The meeting came as a result of the Trump administration killing guidelines intended to guard against discrimination against transgender students.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, quoted in The Washington Bladesaid, “They made an arbitrary, political, ideological decision to hurt trans youth, so we wanted to talk to them about enforcing the law that they’re statutorily required to enforce.”

And so, Equality Michigan set up meetings between LGBTQ activists, families of trans students and the Secretary of Education.

DeVos later released a statement saying, “I remain committed to advocating for and fighting on behalf of all students. Today’s meeting was compelling, moving and welcomed, and part of an ongoing dialogue with families and students throughout the country.”

But as of yet, the Department of Education hasn’t announced any intention to follow up with any meaningful change.

DeVos has shown she doesn’t care about protecting students with disabilities, so we can’t expect her to worry about trans students, either. But hey, at least they tried.

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