Trump administration's lifting of transgender-bathroom guidance won't affect Washington students

The Trump administration ended federal protection on Wednesday (Feb. 22) for transgender students that required schools to allow the use of bathrooms and locker rooms of their gender identities.

The president, however, says the rights of transgender people will still now be protected. "All schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment".

President Trump and Apple are at odds again over a new controversial decision.

But New York LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick calls the president's rollback of the policy risky and said he fears increased harassment of transgender students in school.

The guidelines, put in place past year by President Barack Obama, encouraged public schools to allow students to use the bathroom coinciding with whatever gender they identify with.

Apple and others in the tech industry are taking a stand against Donald Trump's move to roll back federal protections for transgender students over their bathroom use.

"This is an issue best solved at the state and local level", said Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education.

The city school district provides emotional and social support and counseling for transgender students and their families, some of which is guided by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.

According to a draft of the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times, the Trump administration cites continuing litigation and confusion over the Obama directives as a reason for telling schools to no longer obey them. "Allowing boys to use private facilities for girls violates the right to privacy and places girls at risk of sexual abuse", said Staver.

DeVos also gave a statement which said the Department of Education will seek to protect all children in addition to issuing guidelines to prevent bullying of transgender students.

  • Arturo Norris