Ellen DeGeneres To Trump: Rescinding Transgender Student Protections ‘Not Okay’

Ellen DeGeneres took to Twitter on Wednesday to respond to the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back Obama-era protections that barred discrimination against transgender students.

“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,” she tweeted.

“What could possibly motivate a blind and cruel attack on young children like this?” asked Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “These transgender students simply want to go to school in the morning without fear of discrimination or harassment. The consequences of this decision will no doubt be heartbreaking.”

“This comprehensive guidance put in place by the Obama administration helped provide every student a fair chance to succeed in school and prepare for their future—including students who are transgender,” said Gina Duncan, Transgender Inclusion Director for Equality Florida. “Schools should be safe places for LGBTQ students who are already at a disproportionate risk for bullying and harassment. Rescinding the guidance yesterday has sent the message to transgender youth that the President of the United States doesn’t have their backs.”

“Every student should be treated fairly and equally under the law, and transgender students deserve the same opportunities as their classmates to fully participate in school,” said Stratton Pollitzer, Deputy Director for Equality Florida.

“Many school districts in Florida have clear and effective guidelines for protecting and supporting transgender students which allow them to participate and thrive in school activities. When transgender students face daily attacks on their dignity, like being unable to use the bathroom that matches the gender identity they live every day, it has a terrible impact on their ability to stay attentive in class, take part in teacher discussions and feel safe and welcomed at school. We must continue working at the state and local level to create a culture of inclusion while countering the bullying, harassment, social isolation, and bigotry that LGBTQ students face.”