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February 24, 2017
Trump Administration Attacks Transgender Students,
Issues Withdrawal of Title IX Guidance
A statement from Finnigan Jones, Executive Director of Trans-Cendence International on President Trump’s
Rollbacks of Title IX Enforcement Guidelines:
To families of transgender youth:
In the wake of the rollbacks of Title IX guidelines for the protection of transgender youth, we cannot lose hope. The love and community I see in the families of transgender youth is a force to be reckoned with. That is the hope that we must all hold onto right now. Hold onto that love we have for one another and let it spread. Love always trumps hate.
To transgender youth specifically:
I know it is scary right now. I know your pain. I know exactly what it feels like. But, I made it through to tell the story and so can you. I want you to know that you are never alone. I have been where you are. Always take the strength that we pass on to you and hold your head up high; there is hope in that strength. You have an entire army behind you that will never stop fighting until you are safe, strong and empowered. Hope will never die as long as we stand up to the bullies together.
To the entire transgender/gender-diverse community:
Trans-Cendence International and indeed our entire network of trans-affirming partner organizations want you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.