August 22, 2016

PFLAG National Statement on Injunction Issued in Texas v. United States

“The unfounded fears of the few should not and must not outweigh the safety and dignity of transgender students, who simply want to learn in a secure and welcoming environment...”

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby today reacted to the injunction issued in Texas v. United States:

“The injunction issued today by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas v. United States puts transgender students even further in harm’s way. Thousands of PFLAG families across the country are already having to navigate school environments that marginalize their trans kids; this ruling only adds fuel to the discriminatory fire. The unfounded fears of the few should not and must not outweigh the safety and dignity of transgender students, who simply want to learn in a secure and welcoming environment, as all students do. School administrators have a responsibility to create such an environment for all students who walk through their doors, and this injunction does not bar them from implementing inclusive policies in order to do so.”

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Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ). PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy, and has more than 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit pflag.org.

 

Liz Owen, Director of Communications
lowen@pflag.org
202-467-8180 ext 214
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