Hundreds Of Thousands Tweet To #ProtectTransKids
A flood of tweets comes after President Trump rescinds federal protections for transgender students
Twitter users are in numbers — and with outrage — to President Trump’s latest decision, to withdraw a set of guidelines originally enacted by the Obama administration that let transgender students to use the school bathrooms that match their gender identities.
From Thursday morning, when rumors of the rollback started making news (it was officially announced Thursday evening) to early Friday, nearly 300,000 tweets posted around the tag #ProtectTransKids. Posters urged moves to fight harassment, bullying, and discrimination, as the federal government hands over the responsibility for transgender policies to the states. Many of the tweets were meant to be reassuring messages for trans people.
— Feminist Culture (@feministculture) February 23, 2017
— Johnny McVey (@mrjohnnymac18) February 23, 2017
NO ONE should have to face anxiety or embarrassment using a school restroom. #ProtectTransKids
— Mama Dragun (@Nikita_Dragun) February 23, 2017
The Justice Department stated that the Obama administration’s guidelines were implemented “without due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.” There was reported dissent with in administration, with new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos initially opposing the ban, but ultimately Trump appears to have gotten everyone on board.
One of the more remarkable tweets in defense of transgender students came from Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old girl who sang the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration.
— jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 23, 2017
Evancho has a transgender sister. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, she stated “I guess I just want to enlighten him on what my sister, I’ve seen her go through every single day in school and people just like her, what they deal with. The discrimination, it’s terrible.”