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Trump Likely To Remove Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Rules At Schools

President Trump, who has given mixed signals on his support of LGBTQ rights, is siding with conservatives when it comes to which restrooms transgender students use at public schools.

The Washington Post reported that the administration planned to send a letter on Wednesday to school districts, informing them that the former president’s policy of allowing students to visit restrooms matching their gender identities is no longer in place. President Obama threatened to have his Justice Department file sex-discrimination charges against schools that defied his order.

Now, transgender children must use restrooms that correspond to the gender listed on their birth certificates, unless state or local authorities adopt different rules. The letter to school districts, written by officials in the departments of justice and education, reads in part that “the Obama directive has caused confusion and thus will be rescinded in order to further consider the legal issues involved.”

According to the Post, the letter stipulates that the policy reversal “does not diminish the protections from bullying and harassment that are available to all students.” Officials stressed that “schools must ensure that transgender students, like all students, are able to learn in a safe environment.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained Trump’s position. “All you have to do is look at what the president’s view has been for a long time; that this is not something that the federal government should be involved in; that this is a states' rights issue,” the spokesman said.

Newsmax pointed out that the nationwide debate about transgender students’ restroom and changing-room choices intensified last year, when the North Carolina Legislature passed a law requiring children to relieve themselves in facilities matching their original gender. According to the Washington Examiner, several other states might soon approve similar legislation.

The Trump administration faces significant opposition, and not just from transgender people and their advocates. Recently confirmed Secretary of Education also has come out against changing Obama’s policy, the Post reported. The newspaper noted that the parents of about 800 transgender students have written to the president.

Source: Newsmax
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