Transgender American Educational Rights Involving Restroom Use

Transgender American Veterans Association, the national transgender veterans service organization, condemns While House administration reversal regarding the right of Transgender American school students to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

That right was established under Title IX by President Obama, and the continuance of LGBT rights was promised by President Trump during his campaign after he assumed office. Equity in education is vital because equality of opportunity is a core American value. The reversal of President Trump’s promise is a betrayal of the American people and the value of equality in educational opportunity.

Schools are, generally, the safest places for children in America; however, the nation’s trust in ensuring every child is safe is broken. Safety for children is essential to their healthy growing and learning. America’s school children are our nation’s most precious and most vulnerable people. All deserve equal education and treatment free of discrimination whether they are Black, White, Hispanic, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, male, female, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, rich or poor, majority or minority. Without equal treatment, children in America face bigotry and discrimination.

We transgender American veterans, who have patriotically served and sacrificed for our nation, expect and demand nothing less than equality. We urge a national policy of education free of any discrimination.

Evan Young

Evan Young is originally from Little Rock, Ark. He graduated basic training in 1989, transitioned from a sergeant to lieutenant in 1998, and rose to the rank of Major before retiring. In 1998, Evan graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a B.A. in English. From there, he continued his studies while on Active Duty and graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida with a M.S. in Management Information Systems. He earned his public affairs credentials in 2004 and broadcasting management credentials in 2007. He served in the Reserves, Guard, and Active Duty. He was the Hawaii National Guard as a Public Affairs officer and a Media Officer at NORAD and US NORTHCOM. Evan began transition in 2011. He retired from the Army as a Major in 2013. Since then he began his own web development company, EF Young, has written for OutServe magazine as a blogger, is the former president of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, and currently serves as the national president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. Evan currently lives in Dover, AR. with his two children.