President Trump is set to overturn an Obama administration guidance regarding transgender bathrooms in schools.
NY officials said Thursday that state and local laws already require school districts to protect transgender students, including from including from discrimination. The goal of the ordinance was to prevent forms of discrimination based on a person's biological category or gender identity.
As we reported, on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer reiterated Donald Trump's belief that treating a transgender student by his or her identified gender is a state issue and NOT a federal one.
Obama's guidance was not legally binding but sent a warning that schools could lose funding if they did not comply with the administration's interpretation of the law. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. A federal judge in Texas put a temporary hold on the Obama guidance previous year after 13 states sued. A federal court in Texas blocked the order nationwide in August.
Conservatives, including those in the Trump administration, see the trans-inclusive view as a misinterpretation of federal laws.More news: Nigerians in SA are 'living in fear'
But the sisters remain hopeful that they can help bring about new protections for transgender people.
Before Trump's reversal on the Obama-era directive was officially announced on Wednesday night, Jackie took to Twitter to say she was "obviously disappointed" by the president's decision.
Columbus City Schools and our Board of Education have always been leaders on protecting the rights of ALL students. Faced with the decision to disobey the president or resign, DeVos ultimately played along, according to the report. "The conclusions, everybody in the administration is agreed upon".
"[Departments] have chose to withdraw and rescind the above-referenced guidance documents in order to further consider the legal issues involved", the letter reportedly reads.