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All Under One Roof decries and opposes President Trump’s revocation of rights of transgender children

February 23, 2017 GMT

POCATELLO — Today, President Donald J. Trump rescinded guidance issued in 2016 to school districts throughout the country by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice on accommodating transgender and gender nonconforming students under Title IX. All Under One Roof LGBT Advocates of Southeastern Idaho decry and oppose the Trump Administration’s revocation of the rights of our country’s transgender children, in what we fear is only the beginning of a wave of legislation designed to deprive LGBT Americans of their rights.

While this unwise decision can be considered a setback, it should remind us that the struggle for LGBT civil rights continues. Now is the time to modify messages, prioritize goals, and pledge to work together to make sure no student feels different, marginalized, or unsafe while attending school. All Under One Roof stands ready to assist and support transgender and all students by working to provide safe places for all LGBT students and their allies.

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“The decision by the Trump administration to rescind the joint Title IX Guidance is an unabashed message that they will not protect the rights of the LGBT community, particularly LGBT youth,” said Terry Stone, CEO of CenterLink, a nationwide LGBT networking organization. “Despite the terrible message this action sends — that this administration will not protect even the most vulnerable young people in the country from discrimination — LGBT youth must know that the law is on their side, as are local LGBT community centers.”

All Under One Roof, along with LGBT community centers across the country, is poised to provide support to LGBT youth in our region and will work with our national partners to oppose any and all attempts by the Trump Administration to impose fringe ideologies that are harmful to children and our communities.

What Can YOU Do?

We are taking the lead from our friends at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE):

1. Visit the National Center for Transgender Equality Facebook page and take a look at NCTE’s FAQ.

2. Call or write President Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to tell them why taking away this guidance is so harmful.

3. Join NCTE’s Community Call this Wednesday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. EST on Facebook Live to learn more about what this development means and how you can help us fight back.