Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) issued the following statement Thursday on the Trump administration’s decision to revoke certain federal protections for transgender students:
“On Wednesday, President Trump effectively turned his back on our brothers and sisters in the transgender community by revoking federal protections that had recently been put into place.
“The antiquated policies put forth by President Trump and Attorney General Sessions are continuing to cause chaos and trample on our civil rights. Rather than making America Great again, it’s giving America license to hate again.
“Transgender students already face disproportionate levels of bullying and discrimination in public schools. I am gravely disappointed that they no longer have an ally in the White House.
“This latest assault only serves to embolden my fight as a legislator and ally to the transgender community to ensure proper protections are put in place in the State of New Jersey. Now more than ever, we need to stand up for those who are being marginalized.
“This further underscores the need to continue moving forward with a legislative package I recently introduced to provide broader protections and cultivate a greater understanding of the transgender community.”