Guideline changes for transgender students worry some US military families

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A screen grab shows a clip from a Pentagon news announcement on transgender servicemembers. (DEFENSE DEPARTMENT)

Guideline changes for transgender students worry some US military families

by: Jennifer H. Svan | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: February 25, 2017

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — President Donald Trump’s decision to let states determine whether to uphold certain protections for transgender students hurts U.S. military families with transgender kids, who often don’t get to choose their next duty station, say two U.S. military wives.

Jessica Givren and Amanda Brewer — both mothers of openly transgender children — are speaking out against the Trump administration’s lifting of federal guidelines that instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker rooms of their gender identity.

Givren’s daughter attends a military school in Germany; Brewer’s daughter is enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.

Their respective schools are currently very supportive, the women said, but they worry that without the backing of federal guidance, a permanent change-of-station move to a more conservative state or a change in school administration could upend that support.

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