According to the Washington Blade, the plan approved by the president would withdraw the former advice, and schools would receive a letter from the Justice and Education departments confirming former guidelines concerning transgender bathroom rules have been abandoned.
Current recommendations allow for schools to accommodate transgender students, giving them the option to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity. If the rules change, schools will be free to bar students from using the restroom of their choosing. So much for Ivanka Trump's influence.
The Washington Blade claims Mary Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, heard the news from “reliable sources.” According to Keisling, Trump has already “green-lighted” the plan.
In an interview with the publication, Keisling seemed heartbroken about the current administration’s plan.
This is the first day of the president’s second month in office and he is now fully coming after LGBT people. I’m angry; I’m outraged. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves, and to hear the president a week or two ago talk about how supportive he is of LGBT people, it’s just outrageous that he go after trans kids this way.
According to White House spokeswoman Kelly Love, the administration has “nothing to add to this report right now.”
Last year, the President Barack Obama administration issued a guidance to all public school districts in the United States instructing leadership to allow students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. Officials from both the Justice Department and the Department of Education signed the letter.
At the time, then-Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said that students should never “have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus.” He also defended the guidelines by saying that our young people must know they have an equal opportunity to obtain a great education in a healthy environment without the threat of discrimination, regardless of who they are or where they come from.
Despite the Trump administration’s alleged decision to go along with this new plan, it’s important to note that the country has come a long way in the past few years, and that we’re seeing great progress.
Ever since same-sex marriage laws changed across the states, a study suggests, the number of teen suicides and teen suicide attempts has dropped considerably, proposing that the effects of the change of policy were positive on overall mental health. This alone may help to put pressure on the president to walk back this decision.
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