Donald Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 11:48
The "Doubt" star phoned into the daytime talk show to denounce the decision and the upcoming Supreme Court case surrounding transgender teen Gavin Grimm, who sued his Virginia high school after being barred from using the boys' bathroom. The Trump administration action on Wednesday also withdrew an Education Department letter in support of Grimm's case.
In a joint decision by the Department of Justice and Education, the administration said it fell to states to decide whether students who had undergone a sex change could use toilets correlating to their gender identity.
Santa Fe Public Schools has a similar policy supporting transgender student rights.
Walton said the district, which was the first in the country to affirm the rights of transgender students in 2003, will continue to uphold those rights.
A letter sent to schools nationwide Wednesday by the Justice and Education departments under Trump said the earlier Obama directive caused confusion and "significant litigation" over how it should be applied.
"Transgender youth are valued members of our schools and communities across New York State, yet statistics show that more than half of them will attempt suicide at least once by their 20th birthday".
No alternative plan for supporting the rights and needs of transgender students has been put forward by the White House.
Those memos said that prohibiting transgender students from using restrooms that align with their gender identity violates federal anti-discrimination laws.
But critics said that guidance was government overreach which threatened other students' privacy and safety. White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, explained on February 21 that this is still where the president stands, and although he did not confirm reports of this letter, he did reveal that there would be guidance on the situation "soon".
"The School Board reaffirms its commitment to embracing all students and ensuring an educational environment free of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, and bullying", said Edie House-Foster, a Baltimore City schools spokeswoman.