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Obama Administration Sends Clear Message of Support for Trans Students

Media Contact for GSA Network: Brittaney Carter, Communications Manager, (415) 612-2402,


Washington, D.C.-- Transgender students in public schools have the right to use gender-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity. That is the message that the Obama administration delivered to all public school districts today in a joint letter from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. Specifically, the letter states:


“When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity.”

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GSA Network Statement on Obama Administration's Support of Trans Student Rights

Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network) is heartened by the clear, unequivocal support the Obama Administration—via the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Civil Rights—has shown to transgender students in US public schools.

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Senator Lara Introduces Legislation to Improve Safety and Prevent Bullying in California Schools

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Senator Lara Introduces Legislation to Improve Safety and Prevent Bullying in California Schools
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New state bill on transgender students

California public schools would be required to allow transgender students to use school facilities and participate in activities and on sports teams that match their gender identity under a bill introduced at the Capitol.

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Gay-Straight Alliance allowed to gather at Chamberburg school until next week's board vote

The Chambersburg Area School District board has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to reverse its denial of a Gay-Straight Alliance student club or go to court with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Witold Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania ACLU, said three previous cases in Pennsylvania -- in Waynesboro, Franklin County, and Hermitage, Mercer County in 2009, and a third in Brownsville, Fayette County in 2012 -- stand as examples of what the school board should do.


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York Daily Record

Bill Will Ensure the Success and Well-being of Transgender Students

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has introduced the School Success and Opportunity Act, Assembly Bill 1266, co-authored by Senator Mark Leno and Senator Ricardo Lara. The bill will ensure that California public schools understand their responsibility for the success and well-being of all students, including transgender students, and will allow transgender students to fully participate in all school activities, programs, and facilities.  

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Calif. lawmaker seeks rights for transgender students

A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders.

The bill reflects the accommodations that a number of U.S. schools are being asked to make as Americans start identifying as transgender at younger ages.

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Associated Press

Church hosts gay and lesbian anti-violence event

People packed a Central Fresno church Saturday with the goal of stopping violence against young people based on their sexual orientation.


Organizers say the majority of those who attended were 13 to 18 years old. Espii Gutierrez of GSA Network said, "holding it in and covering yourself up on who you truly are kind of gets really depressing and mental health issues start occurring by doing what we do here we are kind of defeating that and more youth can have a voice."

Organizers say about 200 people attended the event.

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