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SEO: President Trumps Legislation Preventing Gender-Neutral

Restrooms on Campuses Leaves Students Angered

Students outraged by the elimination of gender-neutral restrooms


Students at UMD demand federal protections for transgender students

Students at the University of Maryland are angered by the Trump

administrations withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students.

The Obama administration established these federal protections. They

allowed public school students to use restrooms corresponding to their gender

identity. Students at UMD, especially those in the LGBT community, are furious

that President Donald Trump revoked these regulations.

I can only imagine that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender

community feels discriminated against. Trumps suspension of protections for

transgender students has sent the message that he does not care about the

transgender community or working towards overall tolerance and acceptance for

them, says Daniella Naaman, a junior family science major at UMD.

Students show support for federal protections

Students have showed overwhelming compassion for members of the

lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community during this emotional time.

Alex Hasner, a sophomore family science major, disagrees with the legislation

and believes that it will prevent people from coming out as part of the LGBT

community.
Members of the UMD community have raised their voices in support of

the federal guidelines used to protect transgender students from discrimination.

An individual should be able to choose which bathroom


Federal protections for
transgender students he/she wants to use, declares junior pre-med major, Jake
should continue to Hyatt.
exist
-Georgie Moulds, Views toward using gender-neutral restrooms
freshman kinesiology major
While all students interviewed agree that gender-

neutral bathrooms should continue to exist at public

universities, they have conflicting views regarding whether they would personally

use gender-neutral restrooms.

Sophomore engineering major Jordan Block asserts that he would not

mind using a gender-neutral bathroom even though he has never come across

one on campus. Block says, I consider myself a very lenient person regarding

gender, so using a gender-neutral bathroom wouldnt make me uncomfortable.

On the other hand, Hasner reveals that she wouldnt feel comfortable

using a gender-neutral bathroom. She adds, if it was a private gender-neutral

bathroom then I would use it, but if it was a large bathroom with many stalls then

I would personally feel really weird.

How to make transgender students feel accepted

According to experts at GLAAD, transgender people believe that their

biological gender does not match who they really are. It is difficult for them to
express this notion to their friends and families and to feel accepted within our

heteronormative society. Freshman Logan


Kornfeld doesnt think
Freshman Logan Kornfeld states that having gender-neutral that gender-neutral
restrooms should be
bathrooms is one small way to make transgender students feel eliminated.
Photo by Cassidy
comfortable. By removing the federal guidelines that protect Zuber

transgender students we as a society are discouraging transgender teens from

accepting their true gender identities.

Students view legislation as a form of discrimination

The interviewed students agree that transgender students should be

protected from unnecessary discrimination. Blake Jachman, a sophomore business

major, states, I think our government should focus on making people feel

accepted, transgender or not. Many people argue that President Trumps actions

are diving our nation.

Georgie Moulds, freshman kinesiology major, expresses her viewpoint

that there should be a female, male, and gender neutral bathroom in all public

places in order to create a more inclusive society.

Only time will reveal the impacts of this legislation on


This legislation
is sending our transgender students. For now, students at the University of
society back in Maryland continue to express their anger toward the Trump
time
-Blake Jachman, administration.
sophomore business
major