We at The Trevor Project commend the Obama administration for their issued guidance directing all public schools nationwide to allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-segregated facilities matching their gender identity. At a time when 50 percent of transgender youth have thought about suicide and a quarter who have made a suicide attempt, this guidance shows how Title IX, the anti-discrimination law in education, should protect transgender youth in school systems and ensure an environment free from harassment and discrimination. As the only national accredited suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization, The Trevor Project hears from transgender students who are constantly facing violence and harassment, fighting to justify their authentic selves to their parents, classmates, teachers, and the public at large. With this guidance, transgender students will now be able to use facilities that match their gender identities, protected from harassment, addressed by the pronouns with which they identify.
While it may take time for schools to fully comply to this guidance, The Trevor Project has free online education resources that can help educate parents, students, and teachers at thetrevorproject.org/Lifeguard. We are here to help not only those in crisis, but also those who are fighting to prevent crisis—those who believe in our mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth. The fight is not over until a guidance like this is issued for all sex-segregated facilities outside school systems, but this is certainly a huge victory for the community, especially for the young people we serve 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Executive Director and CEO, The Trevor Project