‘Mr President, we’ll see you in court’
Donald Trump’s administration announced on Wednesday that they would be dropping federal protections for transgender students, reversing Barack Obama’s transgender bathroom directive. Understandably, it hasn’t gone down well.
In just one month in office, Trump has started repealing Obamacare, dismissed climate change, threatened women’s reproductive rights, alienated the entire Muslim population, significantly damaged the Mexican economy and even tried to take on his own intelligence agencies. It’s not surprising that his approval rating has plummeted.
The target of his latest policy, however, is transgender teens, with Trump’s administration choosing to rescind the federal protections for transgender students, in particular their bathroom and locker room access.
The overturning of the law in question will put transgender students in danger, prohibiting them from using the bathrooms of the gender that they identify as, something that President Obama granted them less than a year ago.
Trump’s decision has (like all of his policies) divided the world, with celebrities across the globe standing against the President, using their public platform to protest his actions and stand in solidarity with transgender teens.
Caitlyn Jenner, a transgender woman and a Donald Trump supporter herself, was one of the first to comment, uploading a video message to Twitter.
First she addressed transgender children everywhere, reassuring them, ‘you’re winning. I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day, but you’re winning.’ She continued: ‘Very soon we will win full freedom nation-wide and it is going to be with bipartisan support.’
‘Finally I have a message for President Trump, from one Republican to another’, she announced at the end of her video. ‘This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.’ She added: ‘Mr President, we’ll see you in court.’
Other celebrities who have publicly protested Trump’s decision include Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres and Mara Wilson – all taking to social media to stand in protest.