Please show support of Andraya Williams and the work of the LGBTQ Law Center of the Freedom Center for Social Justice by signing this petition. Help Campus Pride share on social media and take action for trans safety.
Two weeks ago Andraya Williams was on her way to class at Central Piedmont Community College (“CPCC”) when she was detained, harassed, surrounded, humiliated, suspended, and escorted off campus by several school security officers. When Andraya tried to report the incident, she was denied the ability to even file a complaint. Then, when she inquired as to the reason why she could not file, Andraya was told that as a transgender person she has “no legal rights.”
Despite the horrendous treatment, despite the public embarrassment, despite the unfair denial of her right to even complain, despite everything she’s been through, Andraya is not a victim. Andraya is a survivor. Andraya has navigated the incident at CPCC with strength and grace; she has returned to school and is doing her best to earn the education to which she is entitled. We join Andraya in her belief that all students should be able to feel safe and supported on campus, navigate campus without fear of harassment and use facilities appropriate to their gender identity. The treatment she received from security officers, school employees and administrators was unlawful and constitutes a violation of both Title VII and Title IX.
Central Piedmont Community College must do the right thing and take necessary actions to support Andraya and other LGBT students on campus. Now is the time to apologize and begin enacting transgender inclusive policies, programs and practices to ensure this does not happen again. All students have the right to a safe learning environment including LGB and T students. Every day that CPCC chooses not to take action negatively impacts the campus climate. The complacency and excuses must stop before this escalates any further.
Campus Pride is committed to continue work with Central Piedmont administration, faculty, staff and students in devising an action plan to address LGBT student concerns, particularly transgender student safety.
We call on CPCC take the following steps to resolve the issue at hand and prevent such issues from happening in the future:
1. Issue a formal written apology for Andraya’s suspension and wrongful treatment;
2. Permit Andraya to use the restroom consistent with her gender identity, which is female;
3. Provide training to all faculty, staff, and contracted personnel regarding the rights of students under Title IX and Title VII, including the rights of transgender students; and
4. Revise CPCC’s policies to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students, including transgender students.