23 Feb

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance
WASHINGTON (AP) — Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate.
The administration came down on the side of states’ rights, lifting Obama-era federal guidelines that had been characterized by Republicans as an example of overreach.

“This is an issue best solved at the state and local level,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said. “Schools, communities and families can find — and in many cases have found — solutions that protect all students.”

In a letter to the nation’s schools, the Justice and Education departments said the earlier guidance “has given rise to significant litigation regarding school restrooms and locker rooms.”
The agencies withdrew the guidance to “in order to further and more completely consider the legal issues involved.”

BobF says:

He kicked it back to the states where it belongs.
I’m not so concerned about bathrooms because they have private stalls. I’m concerned about my granddaughters changing in a shower room at a public pool and a grown man, who claims for the moment to be a woman, walks in on her as she’s changing. Or a teenage boy using the girls locker room at her school.