So, my challenge is this: I dare you to do better. I dare you to ask someone what pronouns they use. I dare you to speak up when you hear transphobic language. I dare you to learn about some of the challenges our community faces. I dare you to get to know us. Attend an event during Trans Awareness Week and learn more about the trans members of our community (and just how fabulous we are). Just as we came together during the AIDS crisis and in the marriage equality movement, trans folk need your support when we are being denied our basic humanity and bearing the brunt of the most hideous murders, assaults and abuses.
We learned yesterday that the Department of Education will no longer enforce Title IX to defend transgender students, with agreement from the new Secretary, Betsy DeVos. This decision comes under heavy pressure from Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice. The broad reaching effect of this choice goes much further than just bathrooms; this change ends all rights and protections afforded to transgender youth under Title IX.
We have assurances from Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts that their policies to protect transgender youth will remain in place. Additionally, in Colorado, we are lucky enough to have broad legal protections for our transgender youth under SB08-200, which prohibits any discrimination in housing and public accommodations (including schools) based on a person’s actual or perceived transgender identity. These protections are unequivocal and require ALL Colorado schools to continue protecting transgender youth, despite this change in federal policy.