Celebrities React: Donald Trump Removes Protection For Transgender Students

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Celebrities React Donald Trump Transgender Students

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Celebrities React Donald Trump Transgender Students

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Celebrities are reacting to Donald Trump’s administration removing federal protection for transgender students. See reaction tweets from Hollywood stars below.

On Wednesday, the Trump-run Education and Justice Departments said they would no longer instruct schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding with their gender identity. This protection had been put in place during President Obama’s administration last year, under the argument that public schools cannot discriminate based on sex, in accordance with Title IX. Gender identity, Obama’s administration said, is a civil rights and equality issue.

But now Trump’s administration is ending the policy, and allowing state governments to handle the issue however they may wish. LGBT advocates fear this will add to the bullying and isolation of, and discrimination against, transgender students. Celebs are now taking to social media to criticize the decision.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, “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.” Emmy Rossum exclaimed, “THIS IS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. @POTUS ACTS OUT OF FEAR AND HATRED OF EVERYTHING HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND. #RESIST.” And Brie Larson expressed, “This is disgusting. This is unacceptable. I #StandWithGavin and every Trans person who deserve nothing less than protection and equality.”

“I am so sad to see that inclusivity is being torn down. that those who are ‘different’ are scared. Different from what????” asked Christina Applegate, adding, “We are all humans having a human experience birthed the same way! to the communities affected, I stand with you. Always and forever.” Mark Ruffalo simply wrote, “Ugly!” Jeffrey Wright posted, “They can’t get enough of getting off on targeting the vulnerable.” Billy Eichner argued, “There’s no reason 2 roll back rights for trans citizens or anyone else. What jobs does that create? How is that keeping the US safe? #Resist.”

Kathy Griffin sarcastically wrote, “Oh yeah! Because #trans students are the REAL threat. Jesus. #LGBT #LGBTQ #wtf @BetsyDeVosED @jeffsessions.” Abbi Jacobson said, “Unreal + disgusting that protecting Transgender kids in schools is an issue the T***p admin. is actively against.” Andy Richter commented, “If you support lifting fed protections of trans kids, you are supporting an act of cruelty towards kids who know enough cruelty already.” Mara Wilson also urged, “Do not sleep on Transgender rights rollbacks, especially if you are LGBQ. One of the most vulnerable populations NEEDS SUPPORT.”

“We need to protect trans youth and stand up against this cruelty that hurts our kids. Support @Translifeline,” tweeted Ellen Page. Nina Dobrev offered, “#KindnessInAction means showing up for LGBTQ students. You have my support, always.” Transgender reality star Jazz Jennings said, “To my trans community, stay hopeful and stand united! #ProtectTransKids.” And Lance Bass didn’t mince words when he exclaimed, “What an a**hole!”

Perhaps most notably, Jackie Evancho is also objecting to the change, just one month after she sang the National Anthem at Trump’s inauguration (see photo above). The performer, whose sister is transgender, tweeted, “I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove.” She went on to say, “@realDonaldTrump u gave me the honor 2 sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts.”

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