Thurmond, Equality California Condemn Secretary Betsy DeVos For Failing to Protect Transgender Students

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following a report published Saturday by Politico’s Caitlin Emma detailing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s refusal to investigate at least five civil rights complaints filed by transgender students, California Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), Legislative LGBT Caucus Chair Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) and Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur released the following joint statement:
“Secretary DeVos’s egregious failure to protect transgender public school students from discrimination, bullying and harassment is not just a dereliction of her duty to enforce federal civil rights laws, but part of a larger campaign by the Trump-Pence Administration to dehumanize transgender Americans. Time and again, Ms. DeVos has chosen to put her own political agenda ahead of the needs of the nation’s most vulnerable students. It is time for Ms. DeVos to take seriously the oath she took to serve all students — including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — and to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in an environment free of discrimination and harassment.”

Last year, Secretary DeVos and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama Era federal guidance outlining how transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX requirements, which forbid federally funded schools from discriminating on the basis of sex. But while the U.S. Department of Education has failed to protect LGBTQ students, California has continued to lead. On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced Assemblymember Thurmond’s AB 2153, sponsored by Equality California, to provide teachers and school staff with the training they need to support LGBTQ students.

 WHO: – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
– Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond)
– Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Legislative LGBT Caucus Chair
– Members of the Legislative LGBT Caucus
– Jo Michael, Equality California
Note: Additional participants to be announced 
California Legislators and Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, will hold a press conference at the State Capitol Monday morning, at which they will release a formal letter to the Secretary DeVos, requesting that the Department thoroughly investigate all complaints of discrimination against transgender students, including the five listed in Politico’s report.
MONDAY, August 20, 2018
11:15am PST
WHERE:  California Capitol, Room 317
Sacramento, CA 95814