HRC Asks Betsy DeVos “How Do You Sleep at Night?” With Projected Video Message

The LGBT nonprofit isn't playing around.

When it comes to the safety of queer youth in American public schools, HRC isn’t wasting any time: The LGBT nonprofit projected a brutally honest video message on the facade of the Department of Education’s building in Washington, D.C.

The organization teamed up with artist Robin Bell to design a video explaining how the Trump administration is harming America’s LGBT youth.

Last night, HRC took to the streets, projecting the video prominently on the Education Department’s headquarters—and live-streaming the display on Facebook.

Bell’s projection, which cited data from a new survey that found some 95% of LGBT American youth have trouble sleeping at night, posed a question to conservative Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: “How do you sleep at night when only 26% of LGBTQ youth always feel safe in class?”

The same survey found that just 5% of LGBT youth felt supported by all of the faculty and staff at their schools.

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DeVos’ anti-LGBT track record is no secret: Earlier this year, representatives from the Department of Education confirmed that the government will no longer investigate bathroom complaints from transgender students in American public schools. And last June, DeVos balked at the prospect of upholding queer rights in the classroom, stumbling over her words to avoid “issuing a decree.”

Samantha Manzella is a writer and copy editor based out of the Hudson Valley. You can find her writing in a coffeehouse or searching Insta for the latest tattoo artist to hit the scene.
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