Former president, Donald trump, announced in a video the wide-ranging set of policies to use federal power to target transgender people, posted 31st January.
He plans to pass a law barring minors from receiving gender-affirming health care in all 50 states, comparing it to “child abuse” and “child sexual exploitation”.
The proposals are likely to be met with extreme opposition from LGBTQ rights advocates, and their community.
Leya Russell, a 19-year-old Psychology student at Bournemouth University said: “Even living in a different country, the potentiality of Trump being re-elected president frightens me.”
In the future Leya hopes to get top surgery, they said: “Gender-affirming care is lifesaving care”.
The proposals are likely to be met with staunch opposition from LGBTQ rights advocates.
Trump also said his policy changes would extend to education.
Trump said the board would: “Promote positive education about the nuclear family, the roles of mothers and fathers and celebrating, rather than erasing, the things that make men and women different.”
He said there would be “severe consequences” on any teachers or school officials who “suggest to a child that they could be trapped in the wrong body.”
Brad Gyori is an American scholar and principle academic in digital story telling at Bournemouth University.
He said: “University is a time when many LGBTQ+ people start to feel more comfortable exploring previously repressed aspects of sexuality and identification.”
In Chicago, he taught a student that suffered from gender dysmorphia.
In light of this, he said: “When dealing with irreversible procedures with long-term consequences, erring on the side of caution seems wise.”
Abbie Stagg, primary school teacher from Surrey said: “I don’t think that there is enough coverage in the curriculum about LGBTQ+.”
“I think the gender roles that Donald Trump is imposing are less relevant in today’s society.”
“We need to teach more about the less stereotypical family types that are more common today.”