February 23, 2017

I decided to try a triple-barreled approach today. I called the White House Comment line (202-456-1111) to register my concern over Trump’s actions against transgender student protections. I also wrote a postcard with a short version of my talking points and then a letter with a  more fleshed-out treatment of the arguments.

 

President Donald Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Trump:

I am writing to express my dismay at your removal of protections for transgender children instituted under the Obama administration.

Just as you and I did not choose to be straight, but discovered ourselves to have been wired that way, so LGBQT people discover and explore their sexualities rather than choose them. Since this matter is not a choice, it seems unreasonable and cruel to force people who identify as transgender to engage in behaviors, like using a bathroom assigned to a gender with which they do not identify, that make them uncomfortable and which further could expose them to bullying and harassment.

The people your action has targeted are children going through difficult developmental corridors in a culture that is often hostile to difference. I find your willingness to expose them to greater trauma to be morally questionable and personally repugnant. I am the mother of two boys, aged 10 and 8, and if they face difficult questions about their sexuality, I hope that they will be able to explore those questions in a safe, supportive, and understanding environment. It seems that the America you are creating will have none of those qualities.

On the day you won the election, you pledged that you in fact would act as President for all Americans. Your actions this week have proven that statement to have been a flagrant falsehood.

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