Fabienne Fleurantin/ Staff Writer
We have come a long way with LGBTQA rights.
It was a beautiful moment in history when we saw the Supreme Court vote in favor of same-sex marriages, making it legal nationwide.
But we still have far to go.
Under the Trump Presidency, LGBTQA rights remain uncertain. Trump has stated that he will fight for the rights of minorities, but his actions have stated otherwise.
Trump’s administration revoked former President Barack Obama’s law that allowed transgender students in public schools to use the bathroom that align with their gender identity.
This is not making America great again. This is taking a huge step back. This is sex discrimination in education, which goes against Title IX.
Identifying as who you are requires overwhelming courage in a society that maintains stereotypes and condenses people into categories. And this is exactly what Trump is doing when he is making transgender students identify with their birth gender instead of their real one.
That’s not progression. That’s regression and FIU is all about being Worlds Ahead.
FIU has opened its doors to LGBTQA students with MPAS LGBTQA Initiatives. “The Mission of the MPAS LGBTQA initiatives at Florida International University is to meet the needs of the LGBTQA Student population, by developing and implementing educational, social, and resource programs and services. These initiatives are aimed at reducing homophobia and heterosexism on both campuses through education, advocacy, awareness and assisting our LGBTQ students in reaching their full potential,” according to the LGBTQA Student Affairs Page.
Not only have they installed gender neutral bathrooms throughout both campuses, but they are planning to provide more in Housing and the Rec Center.
“With an estimated 10 percent of the FIU community identifying as LGBTQ, the request for gender-neutral bathrooms has grown, and allows students and faculty to use the restroom without having to identify with one specific gender,” according to FIU News.
This is an amazing effort that FIU is making to get their students to feel comfortable and safe in their school environment. Maybe the Trump administration could take a few pointers out of the Panther handbook and move forward, not backward.
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