Statement from DLP Executive Director Cory Molner on Trump Administration’s Position on Transgender Protections under Title IX
February 23, 2017
On February 22nd, 2017, the Trump Administration withdrew Title IX guidance clarifying the rights of transgender students. These guidelines were originally issued in 2016 by the Obama Administration in order to provide guidance from the Department of Justice and Department of Education, and clarified protections for transgender students in primary, secondary and post-secondary education. This guidance protected students from discrimination and ensured they had access to the bathrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identities, among other protections. President Trump’s action, while it does not change any laws, may affect legal challenges and policy disputes within institutions.
By rescinding this guidance, the Trump Administration has taken a stance and sent a message to the aforementioned students that it will not stand up for their civil rights, and that the law is not on their side.
Delta Lambda Phi believes that all campuses and educational institutions, from kindergarten through Higher Ed, should continue to protect students who are transgender. This includes ensuring access to bathrooms or locker rooms consistent with a student’s gender identity as well as inclusive housing and other policies. Further, we believe that schools across the country should strive to create and sustain inclusive, supportive, safe, and nondiscriminatory communities for all students.
Delta Lambda Phi is committed through its second purpose to lead in determining the rights and privileges of individuals in society. We take very seriously our commitment to ensuring the safety of our members, prospective members, friends, and community members. As members of Delta Lambda Phi, we educate people about other cultures, ideologies, and principles, and through our diversity we are strongest when multiple voices shape our community. To that end, Delta Lambda Phi reaffirms its commitment to students, and their rights and protections. We condemn the decision to remove the federal guidance clarifying transgender protection, as it may affect the safety and wellbeing of our members, prospective members, friends and community members.
Delta Lambda Phi urges others to condemn these decisions, and to continue to work in their communities to ensure that protections for transgender students are created, and preserved.
Founded in 1986 in Washington D.C., Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity is the first nationally recognized Greek-Letter organization founded by gay men for all men. The membership of Delta Lambda Phi is open to all college men who supports its values. Delta Lambda Phi is the first fraternity of its kind to be recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and has over 30 chapters and colonies across the United States. More information about Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity can be found at www.dlp.org.