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LGBT React To DeVos Title IX

By Charlotte Robinson, September 08, 2017
Again the Trump administration is attacking our LGBTQ community’s most vulnerable by supporting blatant discrimination on U.S. school campuses. Stacey Long Simmons, Director of Advocacy & Action, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, "Today’s announcement by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos & the Trump administration to revise guidance on campus sexual assault points to a reversal of needed protections, especially for LGBTQ students & students with disabilities. Shame on DeVos & the Trump-Pence Administration for yet another example of their utter disregard for those who are most marginalized. Revising the guidance is likely to leave schools with less clarity & places transgender students & all students who have experienced sexual violence in much greater jeopardy. The Secretary's actions are particularly alarming for LGBTQ students: bisexual women are almost twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence than heterosexual women & are more than twice as likely to experience intimate partner sexual assault. Nearly half (47%) of transgender people experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes. On campus, LGBTQ students & students of color are at least twice as likely to be sexually assaulted or harassed, compared to their non-LGBTQ & white colleagues & may face discrimination or harassment when reporting those crimes. Students with disabilities are among the most impacted, yet reports by students with disabilities are often ignored. There is simply no excuse for these harmful policy changes. We call on DeVos to leave the guidance unchanged & to ensure that transgender students & students who have experienced sexual violence, have the support they need to ensure they are able to exercise their rights on campus."
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