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UVM students walk out in support of transgender people

October 30, 2018 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Hundreds of students at the University of Vermont walked out of class to show solidarity and support for transgender people.

UVM’s Queer Student Union says it organized the Monday walkout in response to reports that the Trump administration is seeking to narrowly define gender in a way that would deny civil rights protections to transgender Americans. WCAX-TV reports the demonstrators say they were confident the walkout would make a difference in both the college community and for transgender and nonbinary people nationwide.

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Rally attendee Jamie Gay says the government shouldn’t conflate gender and sex, saying “it is erasing the lives and experiences of thousands and thousands of Americans.”

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com