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Betsy Devos showed her Dislike for President Trump’s Reversal of the Transgender Bathroom Issue

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Betsy Devos is America’s Education Secretary for the Trump Administration. She has recently showed her dislike for the President’s reversal of federal regulations concerning transgender bathroom use. On February 23, 2017; President Trump passed legislation that did away with the Obama’s Administration guidelines for allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their identifiable gender.

Many people came out to oppose Trump’s decision. Betsy Devos is one of those persons. Devos reasons for opposing trump had to do with her attitude towards transgender people. The Republican Education Secretary does not want to see more transgender people suffer because of their lifestyle choices. The reversal of Obama’s legislation upset millions of people around the country because they honestly believe this is a setback regarding this issue.

Devos showed firm opposition to Trump’s decision. Even though the president chose Devos to serve as the Secretary of Education for his administration; she did not agree with his stance. As a matter of fact, Devos was asked to resign if she did not stop opposing the president. Ultimately, the Education Secretary realized that it would be in her best interest to go along with Trump’s decision.

Betsy Devos is a business woman and a philanthropist. Her husband and she were the leading investors for Neurocore. This is a neurocognitive redevelopment group. She is involved within many leading philanthropic causes and they include The Prince Foundation, Acton Institute, the Kennedy Center and the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which is a foundation designed to help families and society within key areas of society.

Devos is a busy woman and her position at the White House is keeping her schedule extremely full. Trump’s decision about the transgender bathroom issue also impacts Devos’s job. Since the transgender bathroom issue is primarily directed toward people within the education field; Devos is paying very close attention to it.

She does not want the transgender population to feel like they have been let down. The secretary’s hands are tied and their is very little she can do if she wants to remain in her position.

Under the Obama Administration, many schools around the U.S. had to allow transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding with their gender choice based off of nondiscrimination laws. These laws were formed as a part of the Civil Rights that people enjoy within the U.S.

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The Trump Administration stated that these laws were not devised with the primary role that states and local school districts input. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wanted to move swiftly to end this legislation because he knew that if he didn’t; the U.S. court system could have delayed this process by years.

Sessions has been a staunch critic of lesbian, gay and transgender rights. Devos has been more a liberal supporter these groups. Sessions and Devos even butted head over this decision. Once again, Devos had no choice but to relent her position on the matter or suffer the consequences. Right now, Trump’s actions is causing protest and reaction among many American organizations, groups and people all over the U.S.

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Thor Halvorssen Advocating for a Brighter Tomorrow

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Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza is an advocate for human rights as well as a film producer. He has advocated in the areas of public policy, individual rights and civil liberties, public interest advocacy, and pro-democracy advocacy. The president of the Human Rights Foundation, his organization is dedicated to the preservation of global human rights and freedom. He is also the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, a series of global conferences founded in 2009 meeting annually to bring people together to exchange ideas regarding human rights and exposing dictatorships.

Halvorssen has given lectures on the subject of human rights at a multitude of forums including, Harvard Law School, the United Nations Association in New York, and the American Enterprise Institute and British Parliament. In 1999 Thor Halvorssen was responsible for the creation of an anti-slave labor policy enforced by Lucent Technologies in regards to the production of their products.

Thor Halvorssen entered into the executive director and chief executive officer positions at FIRE in 1999. Although he was the first to hold those particular positions at FIRE, he eventually stepped down as head in 2004 to pursue other endeavors. Thor Halvorssen joined the advisory board and incorporated the Human Rights Foundation in 2005. In 2009 Halvorssen created the OSLO Freedom Forum and also became “Patron” of the Children’s Peace Movement, On Own Feet.

In the area of film, Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Moving Picture Institute. Halvorssen is planning to produce an adaptation of the Moon is a Harsh Mistress, a 1966 novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Halvorssen also co-produced Freedom’s Fury, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Other films that he has produced include Hammer and Tickle, Singing Revolution, Sugar Babies, 2081, and the documentary Indoctrinate U.