Tonight, I photographed a fairly informal rally protesting President Donald Trump’s rescinding Title IX protections for transgendered individuals in schools. Even though it is a federal law, and still technically protects these children, the administration is effectively refusing to acknowledge their identities. In even more layman’s terms: if a student is harmed, because they use the bathroom or gendered facility that corresponds with their gender, the federal government doesn’t care. It will not protect these children. Instead, the administration is ‘leaving it up to the states’ to decide whether or not to honor the federal law.
But just because the government doesn’t value the lives of trans children does not mean they are supported by the majority.
This is the body politic.