Trump administration set to rescind trans student protectionsTop Highlights, Around the Nation, Breaking News Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
Today, the Trump administration is set to rescind Obama-era guidance to schools barring discrimination against transgender students and ensuring they have access to the restroom consistent with their gender identity, reports The Washington Blade.
“This is the first day of the president’s second month in office and he is now fully coming after LGBT people,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “I’m angry; I’m outraged. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves, and to hear the president a week or two ago talk about how supportive he is of LGBT people, it’s just outrageous that he go after trans kids this way.”
According to The Washington Blade report, removal of the guidance would fulfill a campaign promise from Trump, who pledged to rescind the guidance after it was issued, but still “protect everybody,” amid outcry from conservative-leaning states. The Trump administration would be moving to rescind the guidance shortly after the confirmation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
HRC President Chad Griffin said: “Transgender young people face tragically high rates of discrimination and bullying, and they need a government that will stand up for them — not attack them. It’s shocking that this kind of harm would even be a subject of debate for the president. We call on Trump to immediately and permanently affirm the Obama Administration’s guidance and protect transgender students.”
In 2016, the Departments of Justice and Education issued the comprehensive guidance regarding schools’ obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, including ensuring equal access to sex-segregated facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms, that are consistent with their gender identity.
Thirteen anti-equality state attorneys general, led by the notoriously anti-LGBTQ Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed suit challenging the guidance. After a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide hold on enforcement of the guidance, the Obama Administration responded by requesting the court limit the hold to the 13 states filing suit.
A little more than a week ago, just 48 hours after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as AG, the DOJ moved to eliminate the Obama Administration’s challenge to a nationwide injunction against enforcement of the guidance, allowing the nationwide hold to continue.
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