On Wednesday night, the Trump administration withdrew the Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools that had let them use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity instead of the gender assigned at birth.
Despite the departments of Education and Justice issuing a joint guidance in May that directed schools to let transgender students use facilities that correspond with their gender identity, there were some that saw the decision as a victory including opponents of Obama's guidelines and those who had said it was a not a decision for the federal government to make.
The reaction from celebrities ranged all over the spectrum, but most notably came from Jackie Evancho, the teenage classical singer who performed the National Anthem at the Trump's presidential inauguration and has a transgender sister, who expressed her disappointment at the decision. See the reactions below.
To the LGBTQ community, I'm sorry for the message that was sent today. They don't speak for all of us. We love you.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 23, 2017
To young trans folk: Remember this is your school too. You deserve equal access, affirmation & education. You belong. Nothing is wrong w you— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 23, 2017
Just seeing the news about removing laws protecting trans people. This isn’t about politics. It’s about human rights, and it’s not okay.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 23, 2017
For anyone who feels scared or hopeless, know that we will never stop fighting for your rights.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 23, 2017
trans youth: you are loved, you are supported, you are valid, and you are not alone in this. we are right here beside you. #protecttranskids— con (@ConnorFranta) February 23, 2017
Trans community you are not alone. We stand with you and support you and there is help. https://t.co/SQRZPRkRFW— josh groban (@joshgroban) February 23, 2017
We need to protect trans youth and stand up against this cruelty that hurts our kids. Support @Translifeline— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 22, 2017
We stand with our Trans friends. We love U we support U. Shame on U and fuck U trump #ProtectTransKids— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) February 23, 2017
Trans kids drop out of school & commit suicide b/c of bullying. Now we can add the Secretary of Education and President 2 list of bullies.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) February 23, 2017
There's no reason 2 roll back rights for trans citizens or anyone else. What jobs does that create? How is that keeping the US safe? #Resist— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 23, 2017
Trans kids: You are LOVED, SUPPORTED, and VALID. I (and SO many others) are here for you. #protecttranskids— Scott Hoying (@scotthoying) February 23, 2017
Watch transgender singer and former Transcendent star Bambiana share her thoughts on sleeping with someone who's a Donald Trump supporter below: