BREAKING: Trump officially withdraws protections for transgender students
The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.
The Trump administration has officially withdrawn the guidelines issued by President Obama which protected transgender students’ rights to use gender-affirming bathrooms, have their correct names and pronouns used at school, and overall be treated as the gender with which they identify. It’s all gone.
While some protections still exist in certain local or state governments, the removal of federal guidelines means trans students in conservative, anti-LGBT areas are out of luck.
In a two-page “Dear Colleague” letter to public schools, the Trump administration said the existing guidance did not “contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process.”
The letter – which does not offer new guidance but simply withdraws the Obama administration policy – says there must be “due regard” for the role of states and local school districts in shaping education policy in schools.“
As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level,” the White House said in a statement. “The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education returning power to the states paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the administration has “a responsibility to protect every student in America and ensure that they have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe and trusted environment.”
This is not merely a federal mandate, but a moral obligation no individual, school, district or state can abdicate,“ the statement continued. "At my direction, the department’s Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools.”
Dammit dammit dammit. We knew this would happen. He tried to claim he was an ally, and we knew from the start he was lying, and look where the f*ck we are now. But we’re not done here. We will fight this. We will right this wrong. Trans friends: you are valid and worthy exactly as you are.