Frankel: Trump breaks promise to protect LGBT Americans

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chairman of the legislature's LGBT Equality Caucus, said President Donald Trump has broken his promise to protect LGBT Americans.

"By revoking the Obama guidelines that gave transgender students equal access to restrooms and locker rooms at school, President Trump has broken his promise to protect LGBT Americans. And he's done it in the worst way – abandoning vulnerable children to little or no protection in many states and school districts. It's shameful," Frankel said.

"With this action, the Trump administration has given the clearest indication yet that it puts misguided ideology before the safety, health and welfare of LGBT students. President Trump, Education Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions should be ashamed of abandoning transgender children across the country.

"By punting this issue to the states, the Trump administration is picking winners and losers – some states will quickly pass laws to protect transgender students while other states will do nothing. 'States' rights' hasn't worked for African Americans denied basic civil rights, including equal restroom access, and it won't work for protecting transgender kids, either.

"In her confirmation hearings before the Senate, Secretary DeVos said that a student’s zip code should not affect his or her educational opportunities. Unfortunately, with this shameful new policy stance, DeVos is doing the opposite – basing protections and rights for transgender students solely on the zip code and state in which they reside."