Today Campus Pride commended President Obama and his administration as well as the U.S. Department of Education for their leadership in issuing new guidance for the safety and inclusion of transgender students. The new guidelines help to ensure transgender students will be treated fairly in public and federally funded schools, including equitable access to facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms.
“President Obama has affirmed today the lives of transgender young people and that they deserve human dignity and respect for who they are,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride. “Saving lives of trans youth means taking action and responsibility to ensure their safety in schools. We applaud President Obama for his leadership and these guidelines that make it clear that discrimination toward transgender students is against the law. There is now direction, without any doubt, for public and federally funded colleges and universities that trans students are entitled to using facilities consistent with their gender identity.”
Campus Pride was founded and is based in Charlotte, NC. The national LGBTQ organization was among the local organizers supporting the passage of the LGBTQ-inclusive Charlotte Non-Discrimination Ordinance, which was overturned by the recently-passed anti-LGBTQ law named HB2 in the State of North Carolina.
“Campus Pride is committed to supporting LGBTQ students and we are invested in whatever it takes to achieve ‘lived equality’ in North Carolina. These new guidelines help our organization continue to advocate and hold up trans youth voices and particularly trans youth of color. We are proud to be on the front lines as a national organization in the State of North Carolina – right where we need to be.”
Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at CampusPride.org.