February 23, 2017

Kaine Statement On President Trump’s Decision To Roll Back Guidance On Civil Rights Protections For LGBTQ Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to roll back mandatory guidance on protecting the civil rights of transgender students in public schools:

“I am disappointed by the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back protections for transgender students in public schools. All students are entitled to a safe learning environment, and I worry this will damage efforts already underway in our public schools to protect members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination, bullying, and violence.”

Last year, the Obama administration released guidelines to help schools protect transgender students under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination in education on the basis of sex. Yesterday, the Departments of Education and Justice rescinded those guidelines.