News recently broke that the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era guidelines protecting transgender students and allowing them to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. Now states and school districts are left to independently determine whether federal anti-discrimination laws will apply to transgender students’ bathroom choices—and people aren’t happy.
From human rights groups to Hollywood A-listers, many took to social media to express their views.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 23, 2017
We need to protect trans youth and stand up against this cruelty that hurts our kids. Support @Translifeline
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 22, 2017
Others addressed larger societal issues, invoking human rights laws and sharing stories like that of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen from Virginia who will take his discrimination case to the Supreme Court next month.
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
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) February 22, 2017
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) February 23, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 23, 2017
Hundreds gathered outside the White House yesterday to stand up for transgender rights, with #ProtectTransKids becoming a trending topic on Twitter.