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Only 13 states are committed to protecting transgender schoolkids

Barack Obama this month became the first president in U.S. history to use the word “transgender” in a State of the Union address.

“As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened,” he said. “… That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer.”

His words are an important step in ensuring that the nation continues its progress when it comes to transgender rights, but they also point to the fact that much work still needs to be done to uphold these rights on both federal and state levels.

As our map shows, only 13 states and the District of Columbia have instituted non-discrimination laws that explicitly protect trans students: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

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