A few things to note:
This does not change Title IX or federal civil rights protections. It changes the federal interpretation of applying those protections.
It does not change Massachusetts General Law or regulation; for specific guidance on schools, DESE resources are here.
Finally, a few statistics that demonstrate why this matters;
33% of transgender youth have attempted suicide.
55% of transgender youth report being physically attacked.
74% of transgender youth reported being sexually harassed at school.
90% of transgender youth reported feeling unsafe at school because of their gender expression.
78% reported having been verbally harassed.
48% reported having been victims of assault, including assault with a weapon, sexual assault or rape.
These are our kids. They are in our schools. They need our protection.
And if by chance you are a transgender young person reading this: you're ours. You deserve better. Lots and lots of us care about you. And if you need support:
You don't have to have it all figured out, now or later 🌱 We're here for you 24/7 at: 866.488.7386 💚 [ art by @EmmNotEmmaRoy ] #lgbtq+ pic.twitter.com/2htSoeffVg— The Trevor Project (@TrevorProject) February 5, 2017