Statement from James Sheppard in Response to Trump Administration’s Rollback of Transgender Rights

I would like to reaffirm my unconditional support for the rights of our transgender citizens. I would also like to applaud Rochester City Council for singling out gender identity in their recent legislation updating Rochester's status as a Sanctuary city. Rochester has long prided itself on being an inclusive and progressive community - and that means protecting everyone's rights, particularly the most vulnerable among us. President Trump has rescinded the Obama Administration's guidelines instructing schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity - a move that was embraced by the LBGTQ community as a civil rights victory. I continue to stand with our LBGTQ brothers and sisters, as I have since my time in the RPD when we revised our policies to be more inclusive, and in 2012 when I was proud to advocate in Albany on behalf of marriage and gender equality.