Following this news, J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice issued the following statement:
“Today’s attack on the human rights of LGBTQI students — particularly transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex students — will be met by an equal show of resistance by all communities impacted by this indefensible action. It’s up to all of us to challenge this anti-LGBTQI agenda and defend the dignity and access to education of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex youth across the country. As this administration enacts harmful policy against the LGBTQI community, it becomes more important than ever that philanthropic organizations like Astraea fund the invaluable work of LGBTQI grassroots organizers, who work to defend the rights of all LGBTQI people.
“These protections were put into place to ensure the safety of transgender students. Today’s decision actively harms the people who are most vulnerable to violence and the administration should immediately reverse course. Discrimination doesn’t belong in our schools or in our society. Everyone should have the freedom to express their gender identity without fear, retribution or risk of violence.”