“We will confront any leader with Holy Resistance if they target the most vulnerable among us, especially our transgender family.”
Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, MCC Interim Global Moderator
“MCC leaders are stunned by the striking down of federal guidelines to protect transgender students in public schools,” said the Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, MCC Interim Global Moderator. “We will confront any leader with holy resistance if they target the most vulnerable among us, especially our transgender family.”
The stricken directive was President Obama’s May 2016 announcement that transgender students would now use bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities that match their gender identity rather than their sex assigned at birth, because not doing so amounted to sex discrimination in violation of the Title IX federal anti-discrimination law.
“To not be permitted in the restroom that coordinates with students’ gender identities means denying these students the right to take care of their necessary bodily functions while at school. Using the restroom is such an incredibly basic need, that to be denied that right is profoundly dehumanizing. This teaches our children that some people are less worthy and less human than others. It equates difference with a lack of worth,” said Rev. Jakob Hero, Senior Pastor at MCC Tampa in Florida. Rev. Hero is also an elected member of MCC’s Global Governing Board.
“All students deserve a learning environment free of bullying and discrimination. Removing the federal guidelines to protect transgender students weakens the goal of equal access to education for all students. As Christians it is our calling to actively support efforts which recognize the sacred in all persons, since we are all created in the image of God. Relegating the human rights of trans students to the state allows people who desire to deny the existence of transgender persons to gain a foothold in several states,” said Stacy Sandberg, MCC Program Officer for Trans* Inclusion.
“Adults in America have a moral obligation to love, care for, and protect our children. It is unacceptable that the current US President has withdrawn guidance to schools that would ensure equal protection to transgender students throughout the country,” said Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Director of the MCC Diversity and Inclusion Program. “All children should be able to attend school without fear of harassment, bullying, or discrimination, including when using the restroom.”