Upstate Pride SC and Gender Benders issued a condemnation against the Trump Administration for its reckless act of withdrawing guidance to protect transgender students.

Org condemns administration

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — On Feb. 23, Upstate Pride SC and Gender Benders issued a condemnation against the Trump Administration for its reckless act of withdrawing guidance to protect transgender students.

“No child should be denied access to basic facilities or subjected to discriminatory treatment. We hold firmly that the protections of Title IX are still in effect for transgender students in spite of the guidance being withdrawn, as it was not legally binding,” the organizations stated.

“We are calling for community members to contact their local boards of education and demand that they adopt non-discrimination policies that protect transgender students immediately. Forty-one percent of transgender people have attempted suicide — a number that is nearly 10 times the national average of 4.6 percent. Transgender youth are the most at risk group for completing suicide,” they added.

Upstate Pride SC and Gender Benders also said that “attempting to withdraw what little protections transgender students have at school will assuredly worsen this epidemic in the LGBTQ community.”

Gender Benders Executive Director Ivy Hill further said that they had transgender students’ backs and that they would not stop resisting until transgender students were treated with dignity and respect. Ivy is also the LGBT Rights Toolkit coordinator for the Campaign for Southern Equality.

Isaac Mintz, president of Upstate Pride SC stated, “Transgender students deserve the right to exist and flourish within our educational system. We believe when trans student rights are preserved at a federal level, it strengthens families and ensures the continued growth of the Upstate. We stand united in support of all trans people. To the trans community — we see you and we love you.”

Statistical information about 350,000 students being affected by Title IX was reported in its withdrawal guidance by the Williams Institute at the University of California. Read the details at


AFFA roasts oysters

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Alliance for Full Acceptance will hold an oyster roast on April 9, 4 p.m., at Bowens Island, 1870 Bowens Island Rd.

Participants can enjoy oysters, chili, hot dogs, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Tickets are $25/adult advance, $30/adult at the door and $15/youth under 21 and are available online.


Have news or other information? Send your press releases and updates for inclusion in our News Notes:

Share your news with us
Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988,...