President Donald Trump has overturned the previous administration's protections for transgender students, namely federal guidelines that gave transgender students the right to use the restroom of their choice. In the wake of Trump's decision, the "Protect Trans Kids" tweets prove why showing solidarity is so important in these trying times.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that her department “remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools,” the Washington Post reported. But the overturning of these nondiscrimination guidelines sends the opposite message: that the protection of LGBT students is optional.
But it's very clearly not optional; 75 percent of transgender kids have reported not feeling safe in school, and nearly half of transgender people report attempting suicide, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Additionally, while the hashtag "Protect Trans Kids" is about showing solidarity with transgender youth, it has been attacked both by social conservatives and by trolls who celebrate Trump's decision. This seems exactly like the bullying and discrimination that the Obama administration's guidelines were meant to protect transgender students against.
Still, the original message of #ProtectTransKids stands strong despite these attacks. Here are some tweets that stand in solidarity with that message:
For Anyone In A Crisis
The Trevor Project focuses on suicide prevention among LGBT youth; if you're in a crisis and you're not sure to talk to, you can call or text the organization's hotline.
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
These Americans are physically showing Trump that no matter what he and his administration sign, they can't stop us from having each others' backs.
I Will Continue
This man will continue to use the men's restroom, and he's fighting back against anyone on Twitter who is trying to tell him otherwise.
We Grow Louder
Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, is no stranger to civil rights struggles.
A Common Mistake
do not equate womanhood to having a vagina #ProtectTransKids— evil queen (@urbandoll) February 23, 2017
What genitalia you have doesn't determine your gender, and neither does your appearance.
Get The Basics, Mr. Trump
"The government cannot take away these rights ... "
No Young Person
If young people are afraid to go to school, I'd say we have a problem.
Know That You Are Loved
Human Rights Campaign's National Press Secretary Sarah McBride has an important and empowering message for transgender youth.
It Doesn't Threaten You
Trans students using the bathroom that feels right for them does not threaten you, your gender, or your way of life. #ProtectTransKids— MX ENRIQUE (@alyza_enrique) February 23, 2017
Using the restroom that matches with one's gender identity doesn't threaten other people's way of life, so why is it such a big problem to the Trump administration?
It's Not About Politics
Just seeing the news about removing laws protecting trans people. This isn’t about politics. It’s about human rights, and it’s not okay.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 23, 2017
Even the rarely political Ellen DeGeneres had something to say about this one.
Don't Let A Cheeto Tell You
you are so important— Meghan Rienks (@MeghanRienks) February 23, 2017
you are so fucking brilliant
don't let a cheeto tell you different #ProtectTransKids
Putting aside the not-so-subtle jab at Trump, the rest of this message is so important.
How to #protecttranskids ? Join me and ask your local school board to adopt explicit non-discrimination policies & unisex bathrooms— Amanda Eisenhour (@Amandaeisenhour) February 23, 2017
Twitter user Amanda Eisenhour points out that there's more we can do to show solidarity than proclaiming our support — we can help change policy as well.
Action Item: Text CALL CONGRESS to 30644 to ask your representatives what they're doing to #ProtectTransKids. They need our support!— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) February 22, 2017
The Human Rights Campaign also suggests calling your representatives and urging them to take action.
A Powerful Poem
If you ever feel like you're alone, you can listen to this powerful TED Talk by poet Lee Mokobe.
It's Too Real
Basically,— deviled egg (@glxss23) February 23, 2017
I don't wanna die as a victim of a hate crime.#protecttranskids
It's not just about not being able to use a preferred bathroom — it's about people's actual lives being threatened by harassment and discrimination.
Organizations To Support
Sam Escobar pointed out on Twitter that transgender kids can generally neither choose their own home situations nor vote, so it's up to us to protect them.
No Hate, No Fear
Transgender rights are civil rights.
Stay Hopeful & Stand United
Jazz Jennings has a message for her fellow transgender teens.
Are You Sure?
I consider protecting all students, including #LGBTQ students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America.— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) February 23, 2017
So, put your money where your mouth is?
The LGBT Caucus, which is chaired by openly LGBT members of Congress, is here for transgender kids as well.
We Aren't Going Away
#ProtectTransKids Cause we here! were trans! AND WE AREN'T GOING AWAY SO IDK WHY YA'LL ACTING LIKE YOUR'RE TRYING TO GET RID OF US!— king kai (@KaiTinyDaddy) February 23, 2017
This guy has a good point.
Still A Dilemma
Just a reminder that discrimination doesn't end once transgender kids grow up.
Won't Change Who I Am
Trans rights are human rights, period. Here's to showing solidarity, taking action, and having each others' backs.