MassEquality Responds to Withdrawal of Federal Guidance on Protections for Transgender Students

Feb 23, 2017

Contact: Deborah Shields, JD, MPH
Executive Director
617-878-2300 (o)
Twitter: @massequality



BOSTON – February 23, 2017 –On Wednesday, the Trump administration withdrew the Obama administration’s 2016 guidelines instructing U.S. schools to ensure that transgender students are treated fairly and respectfully, and are able to fully participate in school activities. In response to this development, MassEquality’s Executive Director, Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, released the following statement:

“MassEquality condemns the Trump administration’s repeal of guidance on Title IX protections for transgender students, and stands in support of all transgender youth in Massachusetts and across the country. We also condemn the culture of discrimination and fear that the administration is creating and promoting through its recent actions.We believe all youth deserve access to schools that are safe and provide fair and equal treatment to every student.

“With this action, President Trump, Attorney General Sessions and Education Secretary DeVos send a clear message to transgender children and their families across the country that this administration does not support them or their right to a safe learning environment. We are fortunate that in Massachusetts, all of our students are protected by anti-discrimination and anti-bullying laws, and that our public officials, educators and citizens are speaking out and showing up in support of fairness and equality for transgender students.”


MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.