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President Trump removes Federal Policy on Bathroom Use for Transgender Students | Says States should take “primary role”

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In a letter sent to schools on Wednesday night, the Donald Trump administration said it is rescinding on the Obama-era guidance directing schools to allow transgender students use the bathroom that matches their gender identity

The Justice and Education Departments in the letter, said the Obama administration’s guidance did not explain how it was consistent with the law.

The letter claimed that the directive caused confusion and lawsuits over its enforcement. Anti-bullying safeguards will not be affected, according to the letter.

“All schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment,” the letter reads.

Instead, the letter suggests that the states should take a “primary role” in establishing policy.

“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, adding that today’s letter “paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators.”

Last April, Trump weighed in on the North Carolina “bathroom law” – HB2 – that banned people from using public bathrooms or locker rooms that don’t match the sex on their birth certificate.

State lawmakers should “leave it the way it is,” Trump said in an interview with NBC, adding that people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.”

“We have 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,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos – who has supported accommodations for transgender people in the past – said in a statement Wednesday.

“Congress, state legislatures, and local governments are in a position to adopt appropriate policies or laws addressing this issue,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Wednesday. “The Department of Justice remains committed to the proper interpretation and enforcement of Title IX and to its protections for all students, including LGBTQ students, from discrimination, bullying, and harassment.”

Source: ABC News

 

9 Comments

  1. up Trump

    February 23, 2017 at 9:46 am

    yayyyyyyy!!!!

    • nene+

      February 23, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      I was picturing seeing bobrisky,Bisi or Denrele in female bathroom. CREEPPPY !!!!!

  2. Wana

    February 23, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Go Trump!!!!! Yaasssss

  3. Mz Titilitious

    February 23, 2017 at 11:21 am

    hehehehe! the daring man! cool

  4. tunmi

    February 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    My heart goes out to the transgendered students in the hard-line conservative states. It’s a bathroom. People go in to relieve themselves.

    • Lailatu

      February 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Tunmi, horrible things can happen in bathrooms. Imagine your young daughter in a bathroom with an unstable man who says he’s a woman, anything can happen. Safety first please!

    • tunmi

      February 24, 2017 at 2:41 am

      Horrible things happen everywhere. Car accidents happen, should we stop driving. People get molested on their own homes, should people including children now live alone. Fathers, mothers, uncles, and aunts molest those they are supposed to care for, do we have children be orphans?

      Do some research on the transgendered issue first. Stop spouting that inflammatory and incendiary stuff. Please stop. And stop with using kids as examples of unfortunate events.

  5. Damilola

    February 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I support Trump on this issue. State should decide. LGBT agenda was getting out of control during Obama’s administration. I’m glad to see it under control

  6. Amaka

    February 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Go Trump. I de your side for this one. We were being choked already.

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