With Trump’s decision to repeal federal protections for transgender youth and the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to hear Gavin Grimm’s case, we think it’s so important that we show as much support for transgender youth and their families as we can. We’ve created a list of four simple ways that you can support trans youth in meaningful and effective ways. Here’s how:
1. Call your Congressmen and women – both state and federal– and the Department of Justice and Education.
Let your representatives know that you do not agree with Trump’s decision to repeal federal protections for transgender youth. Be sure to also call the Department of Justice and Education as they were two huge players in the decision of the repeal. Though you may wonder, “What’s the point?” you never know when such pressure can reverse a decision. It’s also a good way to remind your representatives on how they should vote on new legislation in the future that could protect the rights of trans youth in your state and country.
Click here to contact your elected officials on the federal and state level.
Here is the Department of Justice’s numbers:
- Department Comment Line: 202-353-1555
- Department of Justice Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000
- TTY/ASCII/TDD: 800-877-8339 (or Federal IP Relay Service[external link])
Here is the Department of Education’s number:
2. Speak to your local school board or school.
Since children spend a majority of their time at school, it’s vital that they can safely be themselves and use the restroom of their specific gender identity. Call your local school board and ask that they protect trans youth’s rights in your local communities. Better yet, grab a group of friends who are parents too and encourage them to do the same. It just takes one easy phone call or e-mail and you could be making a real difference.
We’d also suggest speaking to the administration of your school. Whether it be sending a quick email, talking to them when you pick up your children from school, or chatting about it at a parent conference or PTA meeting — they need to know that parents at their school support trans rights. Not only will they have connections with the school board, but may be able to implement policies in their own school or commit teachers to LGBT training if they see a significant voice of support.
3. Contact your city council.
Until trans youth can be protected federally, we must work to create safe local environments for trans youth. In addition to contacting your school board, call your city council men and women. Cities have the ability to create protections for transgender persons in public areas. If possible, go to a town hall meeting, be brave, and speak up at the meeting and ask for city wide protections for gender identity.
4. Support Gavin.
Gavin Grimm is a trans boy that was on his way to take the fight for transgender youth in the Supreme Court on March 28. However, this week, the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case anymore and asked the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit “to look at the case again and decide what to do with it now that the transgender guidance is no longer on the books.” This was a huge hit to transgender rights as such as court case could have meant protections for trans students all across the U.S. It’s important that we show the Supreme Court that we don’t agree with their cowardice not to hear the case. You can support Gavin by using the hashtag #IStandWithGavin on social media and reminder the 4th Circuit that they ruled in favor of Grimm the first time. You can also contact the Supreme Court and share your disappointment with their decision. Here’s those contact numbers:
U.S. Mail: Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543
(Available M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern)