Protect Trans Youth

Forever fearful of the sanctity of his home, Trump is super into toilets. On February 22 Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the administration’s plans regarding “transgender bathrooms in schools.” You can read the press briefing here, but Spencer concluded his answer with, “I’ve made this clear and the President has made it clear throughout the campaign that he is a firm believer in states’ rights and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level.” Not surprisingly, this in opposition to what the administration Obama was saying last May, “Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status. The guidance makes clear that both federal agencies treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX.” Those opposed to these guideline’s revocations have made a call to ‘Protect Trans Youth’.

Even more recently, in Texas, a transgender boy wins the girls state wrestling title after being denied the ability to compete in the boys state championships. A Toronto Star article reports, “Beggs fell to his knees for a moment after the win as a mixture of cheers and boos rained down on him. He then hugged his coach and left the mat.” Of course Mack Beggs should have been allowed to compete with the boys. But there are those claiming he is taking testosterone in order to cheat (Eye. Roll.)

Some Canadians like to point and laugh at the U.S. claiming we do not harbour such bigotry here, they’re wrong of course. Right now Bill C-16, and act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code by adding gender identity and fender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination, stands stalled in the Senate. The wait music are the hateful words of people like University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson and Conservative politician Pierre Lemieux. Tune their bigotry out with the typing of your keyboard and write to these Senators to discuss Bill C-16 on Gender Identity and Expression.

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