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Campus Pride launches #IStandwithAndraya National Petition calling for Central Piedmont Community College to take action on trans inclusion & safety

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#ISTANDWITHANDRAYA: Call on CPCC Administration to apologize to Andraya Williams & take action for trans inclusion & safety

“Lets not forget about Andraya and the safety of all transgender students. She deserves an apology and she wants to be sure this does not happen again by taking necessary steps to train campus staff and enact trans-inclusive policies.” 

SIGN PETITION NOW

Please show support of Andraya Williams and the work of the LGBTQ Law Center of the Freedom Center for Social Justice by signing this petition. Help Campus Pride share on social media and take action for trans safety.

Campus Pride launches the #IStandwithAndraya national petition drive calling on Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to apologize to transgender student Andraya Williams and to take immediate steps to ensure trans inclusion and safety. The petition follows the Friday afternoon protest by students on the CPCC campus. Sign the petition now (only takes 30 seconds).

On Tuesday, March 18, Williams was approached by a campus security officer who questioned her gender as she left an on campus women’s restroom. Williams has stated that the campus security detained her for no apparent reason and harassed her. Even after she presented her ID, Williams was escorted off campus.

At the protest on Friday, Williams added, “In being discriminated against by the very people who are staffed for my safety, intimidated by own school staff, laughed at and bullied by my own school staff — these things are prime examples of why I still need a public apology and why we still need a policy change.”

SIGN PETITION NOW: Campus Pride #IStandwithAndraya online petition demonstrates support for Williams and outlines the steps necessary for CPCC to ensure this never happens again.

#IStandWithAndraya: Call on @CPCC to apologize & take action for #trans safety #LGBT pic.twitter.com/kPmrUILIyg

Please show support of Andraya Williams and the work of the LGBTQ Law Center of the Freedom Center for Social Justice by signing this petition. Help Campus Pride share on social media and take action for trans safety.

The online petition reads:

Photo credit: Qnotes Carolinas

Photo credit: Qnotes Carolinas

Central Piedmont Community College must do the right thing and take necessary actions to support Andraya and other LGBT students on campus. Now is the time to apologize and begin enacting transgender inclusive policies, programs and practices to ensure this does not happen again. All students have the right to a safe learning environment including LGB and T students. Every day that CPCC chooses not to take action negatively impacts the campus climate. The complacency and excuses must stop before this escalates any further.

Campus Pride is committed to continue work with Central Piedmont administration, faculty, staff and students in devising an action plan to address LGBT student concerns, particularly transgender student safety.

We call on CPCC take the following steps to resolve the issue at hand and prevent such issues from happening in the future:

1. Issue a formal written apology for Andraya’s suspension and wrongful treatment;

2. Permit Andraya to use the restroom consistent with her gender identity, which is female;

3. Provide training to all faculty, staff, and contracted personnel regarding the rights of students under Title IX and Title VII, including the rights of transgender students; and

4. Revise CPCC’s policies to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students, including transgender students.

#IStandwithAndraya: Sign the petition now (only takes 30 seconds).