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On Wednesday, February 22, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice rescinded federal guidelines outlining how educators should ensure nondiscrimination for transgender students in compliance with Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in public schools. The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth is deeply disappointed by this action, which is a setback to the progress made in protecting the dignity and well-being of transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

The reversal of the federal guidance sends a harmful message to transgender young people, who experience heightened health and safety risks at school. As a state that has served as a national model for the support and safety of LGBTQ students, it is more important than ever to let transgender students know that Massachusetts values and celebrates them for who they are. The Commission stands in solidarity with transgender young people and their families across the Commonwealth and across the country.

We know that students, parents, educators, and concerned citizens across the Commonwealth are reacting to this news with sadness and concern. It is important to remember that Massachusetts state law and 2013 guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education remain in effect, as does the federal Title IX.

For additional information, contact the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, which is a joint initiative of the Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that provides training and technical assistance to school districts across the Commonwealth.

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