Trump boasted in a January 31 statement that he was the first Republican presidential nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech.
Today, he’s attacking the “T” in the community, revoking landmark guidance to public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. This reverses the initiative of former President Barack Obama, and was one of the top priorities of newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Only 48 hours into his new position, and he requested a halt to protections for transgender Americans. Republicans have such a very odd fixation on bathrooms.
Sessions would have us believe that the interpretation of federal law Title IX should be up to the states. That Obama’s protections for transgender kids to use the restroom “did not contain sufficient legal analysis or explain how the interpretation was consistent with the language of Title IX.” Title IX bans sex discrimination in education (so simple), but for Republicans, discrimination should still be up to interpretation at the state level.
What is needed most: empathy for people – in specific empathy for transgender kids, who just want to face their days without additional bullying. If Republicans would simply get to know a transgender person and open their hearts and minds, they would never agree to this move by Trump. That’s why this CNN video showing the mother of a transgender teen who committed suicide should be mandatory viewing for all people who want to make the bathroom such a divisive and misinformed wedge issue.
When Katharine Prescott heard of the news from the Trump Whitehouse, she was devastated. Her transgender son Kyler committed suicide in May 2015 after enduring anxiety and depression that grew worse after his stay at a children’s hospital, where employees traumatized him by repeatedly referring to him as a girl.
“I’ve already lost my child, but I feel for all the transgender kids all over this country and I feel for their parents as well. It’s already difficult, and this is just going to make things more difficult,” this brave Mom said.
She described her son Kyler’s experience at school, where he had to contend with the difficulties of fitting in, trying to be treated like anybody else, and how ridiculous and harmful it would be for a person, in all ways a boy, to be forced to use the girl’s restroom. It doesn’t make sense.
When Katharine was asked if states should determine the law, her response was:
“The flaw in that thinking: It’s not a state’s right to discriminate, and this is a matter of discrimination. So, we don’t leave any kind of discrimination up to the states, so why would we suddenly, with this particular issue, say that’s up to the states to decide? I don’t understand the logic and I’m quite sure that if any of the politicians making these decisions themselves had a transgender child, or even just sat down and spoke with a transgender teen and really understood what they’re going through, they absolutely would never consider this a state’s right to disciminate.”
Thank you to Katharine Prescott for speaking out.
See this video – mandatory viewing for Republicans with bathroom fixations: