The LGBT college group Campus Pride has launched a petition to support Andraya Williams, a transgender student who was wrongfully escorted off campus after security guards harassed her and questioned her gender.
Here’s what happened first at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in North Carolina:
On Tuesday, March 18, Williams was approached by a campus security officer who questioned her gender as she left an on campus women’s restroom. Williams has stated that the campus security detained her for no apparent reason and harassed her. Even after she presented her ID, Williams was escorted off campus.
Since then, CPCC has held a protest to support Williams, and Campus Pride launched a petition demanding the school apologize to her and immediately implement more trans-inclusive policies, including training all staff on trans issues. Specifically, the petition calls for the school to do the following:
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.