The Trump administration have just made an explosive decision to roll back Obama-embedded policy which allowed trans-gendered students to choose the restroom of their preference at school.
Trans people go to the bathroom of their choice, despite their biological gender. But the US gov’t will no longer protect that ‘right’ under President Trump.
President Trump once stated he would allow a trans woman to choose the bathroom ‘she’ wanted in Trump Tower, and that offset some on the right. Well now, this decision to rollback Obama-era policy will make many liberals livid.
The Trump administration Wednesday rolled back an Obama-era regulation extending certain protections to transgender students.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued new guidance Wednesday evening rolling back the policies, citing a need to further consider the legal issues.
The guidelines required public schools to allow children to use bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identities.
“[We] had decided to withdraw and rescind the above-referenced guidance documents in order to further and more completely consider the legal issues involved,” the DOJ and DOE said in a memo Wednesday. “The Departments thus will not rely on the views expressed within them.”
“Please note that this withdrawal of these guidance documents does not leave students without protections from discrimination, harassment or bullying,” the departments added. “All schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Wednesday that the Obama administration’s former guidelines lacked a solid foundation in preexisting law.
“The prior guidance documents did not contain sufficient legal analysis or explain how the interpretation was consistent with the language of Title IX,” he said. “The Department of Education and the Department of Justice therefore have withdrawn the guidance.”
“Congress, state legislatures and local governments are in a position to adopt appropriate policies or laws addressing this issue,” Sessions added.
“The Department of Justice remains committed to the proper interpretation and enforcement of Title IX and its protections for all students, including LGBTQ students, from discrimination, bullying and harassment.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in her own Wednesday statement “this is an issue best solved at the state and local level.”
“Schools, communities and families can find – and in many cases have found – solutions that protect all students,” she said.
“I have dedicated my career to advocating for and fighting on behalf of students, and as Secretary of Education, I consider protecting all students, including LGBTQ students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America.”
The decision to pull back the guidelines reportedly sparked a debate inside the Trump administration between Sessions and DeVos.
DeVos was purportedly uncomfortable with rescinding the past directive, while Sessions urged her to back new guidance, which required approval from both their departments.
President Trump allegedly sided with Sessions, prompting DeVos to go along on the condition the administration include language instructing schools to crack down on bullying of transgender students.
There’s a report that many trans kids committed suicide due to Trump’s election. Now that is a sad thing, but it is unfair to blame Trump for that. Sure, they may have been upset by Trump’s election but their parents or guardians are supposed to love them, protect them, etc. And anyways, there was an incident reportedly in 2012, that an adult man killed himself due to Obama winning reelection.
Regardless of belief in a ‘right’ to a trans student to choose which restroom they want, despite their anatomy, many argue that the government was overreaching when Obama embedded this now dead policy.