By Guest Contributor Josh Langdon
After eight years of historic progress and support from the Obama Administration in almost all aspects of the law, from removing barriers to marriage equality and military service, to protecting LGBTQ persons at work and in school, we confront a new President, chosen after one of the most bitter and divisive elections in modern history. Does President Trump’s ascension to the White House mean this progress will be reversed or stalled – even if America’s hearts and minds already are evolving in favor of LGBTQ equality? Hard to say, given the mixed messages first from Candidate and now President Trump. What’s clear is that much work remains ahead.
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Title IX’s ban on sex discrimination is broad enough to cover transgender students.
Gavin Grimm’s senior year in high school will be more memorable than most—how many young people are at the heart of Supreme Court litigation regarding the rights of transgender students?
Last year, when he and his mom told Gloucester High School officials about his transition, they agreed to treat him like the boy Gavin always knew he was. But upon getting wind of the situation, the School Board objected. At meetings on the issue, some folks referred to Gavin as a girl or “young lady.” Others went further, for example, calling him a freak. Another likened the young man to a person who believes he’s a dog “and wants to urinate on fire hydrants.” Ultimately, the board voted to prohibit Gavin from using the boys’ room and required the school to provide unisex bathrooms for him, which Metro Weekly reported were repurposed broom closets. Continue reading “Bathrooms, not Broom Closets: Title IX, Gavin Grimm, and Trans Students’ Rights”
Spelman considers admitting transgender students.
Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell welcomed students and staff alike to the new academic year with a news-breaking short letter. Tucked among paragraphs about strategic planning and enrollment figures, was an announcement about a new task force—one that would recommend whether the storied historically black college for women should admit transgender students.
If Spelman changes its admissions policy, it would join the so-called “Seven Sisters” colleges in opening its doors to trans women.
But even more importantly, breaking down this barrier would strike at the heart of racial and gender hierarchies limiting African Americans.
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