This Pro-LGBT Republican Group Could Do For Transgender Rights What Betsy DeVos Couldn't
On Friday, Log Cabin Republicans, the most prominent advocacy group of gay Republicans, took a stand against the Trump administration's recent move to reverse Obama-era protections for transgender students. In a public letter specifically addressed to the heads of the Department of Education and the Justice Department, Log Cabin Republicans asked for transgender student protections to effectively be re-implemented, or rather "reconsider rescinding." It also stated that the Log Cabin Republicans would provide their own recommendations for solutions.
The Log Cabin Republicans' response to the Trump administration order on transgender rights cites "deep concerns about [their] decision to rescind" the rights. In turn, the letter, signed by five members of the organization and co-signed by its president, aims to focus "on effective, common-sense conservative solutions designed to provide safety and respect to transgender students."
The letter specifically outlines three jumping off points including:
Last week, the Trump administration rolled back the protections for transgender students that had been established in May. That was when the Obama administration issued a directive entitled “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students,” invoking Title IX to allow K-12 students in public schools to choose the bathroom that matched their gender identity, not their biological sex. Signed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration's original order because it did not take into account “due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.”
However, Devos was initially opposed to revoking the transgender student protections, according to the New York Times:
DeVos wasn't the only conservative apparently concerned about the move. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican congresswoman from Florida with a transgender son, said in a statement, "This lamentable decision can lead to hostile treatment of transgender students and studies have shown that bullying and harassment can be detrimental to the emotional and physical well-being of teenagers."
With Log Cabin Republicans weighing in, the GOP criticism of the Trump administration's approach to LGBT rights has grown stronger — and maybe, just maybe, the White House will listen.