Title IX Under Trump

Title IX Under Trump

On September 7th, 2017, Betsy DeVos began to roll back federal guidance on Title IX. While her comments demonstrated a fundamental misunderstanding of the law and perpetuate myths that harm survivors, your rights remain intact. No matter what Betsy DeVos says, Title IX and the Clery Act are still the law of the land. Use these resources to stay informed and up to date.

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  • @betsydevosed 👀 we would like to see it! #DontRollBackOurRights
  • The epidemic of gender-based violence in this country is one of the spookiest things we could think of.
  • Despite what Betsy DeVos says, queer and trans students' rights are not up for debate. Title IX protects LGBTQ+ students from harassment, violence, and discrimination. 
This #NationalComingOutDay  we are excited to share our newest poster on Title IX and LGBTQ+ students.

Harassment can force LGBTQ students to avoid classes or extracurriculars, stay home from school, or even leave school entirely.

Learn more about Title IX and how it applies to LGBTQ+ students. 
#titleix #lgbtq #nationalcomingoutday🌈 #nationalcomingoutday #civilrights
  • We’re at the Supreme to rally with our queer and transgender siblings. The Supreme Court hears a case on whether or not someone can legally be fired for being queer, transgender, or not adhering to sex stereotypes. 
This case has 3 plaintiffs: ➡️ Gerald Bostock and Donald Zarda were fired for having a partner of the same gender. ➡️ Aimee Stephens was fired for disclosing she was transgender to her boss. 
All of these folks were fired for not adhering to sex stereotypes. 
Currently, LGBTQ folks are protected from discrimination based on sex stereotypes in the workplace. If the court sides with the employers, 28 states would allow employers to freely discriminate against LGBTQ folks.

Additionally, employers would be allowed to discriminate on the bases of sex stereotypes. This could mean that anyone could be discriminated against for not living up to their boss’ idea of a sex stereotype.

While discriminate on the basis of sex is illegal, and we need the Supreme Court to reinforce that. We can also take action to pass the Equality Act. 
Today, we are sending love to our queer and trans siblings. This fight is hard, but we promise to keep demanding better for everyone in our schools and in the workplace.
  • Join us to demand action against Kavanaugh. This Sunday we join @WeDemandJustice, @CPDaction and other allies at our nation’s capital to #ReclaimTheCourt and call on Congress to #InvestigateKavanaugh. Join us: ReclaimTheCourt.com
  • Let’s be real: this work is hard. It takes time, it can be disappointing, and it sure is draining sometimes. For survivor-activists, our activism can be doubly overwhelming because we are in the process of healing and processing our own experiences of trauma, in addition to learning how to organize anti-rape culture campaigns on our respective campuses. We are also doing a million other things, from schoolwork to extracurricular activities.
Then why did we even get ourselves into this mess and cause ourselves all this stress? Because we care. Activism is our way of caring for ourselves, regardless of the extra difficulty it may bring to our lives. It is through activism that we find support networks, validate our traumas and healing, and envision safer schools without rape culture. There are aspects of this work that can be overwhelming and draining, but ultimately, we are doing work that is generative.
  • “I am here today because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me...” Thank you Dr. Ford, for inspiring a nation to take action and bravely sharing your story with us a year ago today. We believe you. We support you. And we will continue to organizer for a future without violence. *art from @ashlukadraws*  #webelieveyou #supportsurvivors #believesurvivors #believewomen #drchristineblaseyford
  • Rapists in the White House, Congress, and Supreme Court. #DeborahRamirez #KavanaughIsARapist #Kavanaugh #BelieveWomen
  • Bret Stephens who thinks Title IX has created a “witch hunt” against college men, despite the fact that about a third of survivors drop out of school, tried to get a professor fired for calling him a “bed bug.” While we have been laughing about this all week, men like Bret are extremely dangerous. They use their power to silence marginalized folks and act like they are “complaining,” but will attack anyone who speaks out against them. 
If you haven’t, check out @jessicavalenti’s important piece on @medium
  • Economic justice is a survivor issue. A single rape can cost victims between $87,000 and $240,770. 
Join the conversation by using #WhatViolenceCostMe

#knowyourix, #economicjustice #studentdebt #studentloans #sexualassault #sexualviolence #intimatepartnerviolence #titleix

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If your school (like so many others) is falling short in its policies and procedures in response to gender violence on campus, student activism can be crucial to effecting change. Whether your campus needs policy and judicial process reform, has a lack of crisis response and counseling services, or needs greater prevention education, the Campus Organizing Toolkit will walk you through legal requirements and organizing strategies needed to plan an effective campaign.

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