Trump’s Administration Repeals Trans Youth Protections
While President Donald Trump‘s administration had promised to protect LGBT people even as of late, it seems that they’re not exactly sticking to their promises.
Late yesterday, it was revealed that a directive from former President Barack Obama that allowed for transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that were the ones they felt identified with their gender was rescinded.
The Trump administration, in a letter to schools, cited reasoning for their reversal of the order, stating that Obama’s executive order did not “undergo any formal public process” before being instated and that it “has given rise to significant litigation.”
They also noted that “the departments believe that, in this context, there must be due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.”
While the letter claimed the Education and Justice Departments will “further and more completely consider the legal issues involved,” it also noted that, “this withdrawal of these guidance documents does not leave students without protections from discrimination, bullying or harassment. All schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment.”
The last statement is blatantly at odds with the other statements given, as it translates to say we must protect trans students, even though we are reversing a policy that was instated to do just that.
We’re sure it’s only a matter of hours until Kellyanne Conway or Sean Spicer appear on television to give a spin on how the reversal truly benefits trans students, and how any other interpretation is “fake news.” In the meantime, make sure to stay tuned to The Dirty for the latest political news.