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Celebrities react to Trump dropping protections for trans students

Celebrities react to Trump dropping protections for trans students

Ellen DeGeneres has been critical of Donald Trump on her show

Ellen DeGeneres is leading a charge of celebrities voicing their support for trans students in light of the Trump administration’s latest anti-LGBTI move.

On Wednesday (22 February), President Donald Trump officially revoked federal guidance protecting trans students in US schools.

The move was not unexpected, but it still sparked outrage amongst the LGBTI community and its allies.

Quick reminder: in a June 2016 tweet Donald Trump thanked the LGBTI community for its support.

But with his newest order actively helping discrimination against trans people, opposition once again flared.

DeGeneres was among the first stars to raise their voice in support of trans teens, saying it was ‘about human rights’ rather than just politics.

RuPaul’s Drag Race icon Michelle Visage said Trump had trans kids’ blood on his hands, while Katy Perry asked followers to reach out if they felt like they were struggling.

Captain America’s Chris Evans apologized to the LGBTI community on behalf of all straight people, and actor Andrew Rannells said no teen ‘should wake up in the morning fearful of the school day ahead’.

Even God’s social media team, the one that’s free from Church influences, felt the need to pitch in.

And so did a whole other host of celebrities, including trans teen Jazz Jennings, YouTube stars Gigi Gorgeous and Tyler Oakley, and Pitch Perfect and Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt.

Politicians were also quick to oppose President Trump’s measure, saying the decision would put LGBTI youth at risk again.

Pete Buttigieg, the only openly candidate running for leadership of the Democratic Party, called Trump a bully.

He accused the President of preying on vulnerable communities and said it was a recipe for teenagers suffering from ill mental health.

‘If your own leaders can’t tell the difference between you and a predator,’ he said.

‘If that’s what we are telling teenagers who they are, we shouldn’t be surprised that we are pushing them toward having mental health issues.’

And New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio also voiced his opposition and promised the city would not abandon its values.

According to the Williams Institute, there are approximately 150,000 transgender youth (age 13-17) and 206,000 young adults (18 to 24) in the US.

The 2015 US Transgender Survey (USTS) – the largest survey of transgender people to date – found that 77 percent of respondents who were “out” or perceived as transgender in grades K-12 had negative experiences at school from being transgender, such as being verbally harassed or physically assaulted.

If you are experiencing a crisis and need support, you can reach the Trans Helpline at (877) 565-8860.