And so it begins…
Wednesday night the Trump Administration ended President Obama’s guidelines on transgender bathroom use in public schools. Civil rights groups see this move as threat to the safety, well-being, and equality of transgender children in America
According to CNN
“Last May, the departments of Education and Justice issued joint guidance directing schools to let transgender students use facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The “Dear Colleague” letter, addressed to school districts and colleges that receive federal funding, was based on the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools, to include gender identity.”
A statement the White House expressed this issues as one that should be left to the states and not the Federal Government.
“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. “The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education returning power to the states paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators.”
It goes on to say that the “withdrawal of these guidance documents does not leave students without protections from discrimination, bullying, or harassment.”
No, it just means that transgender children. who already live with dramatically more difficult social challenges, have more battles to fight at every new school they attend; there will be an inconsistent patchwork of rules from district to district; and people who are not directly involved with transgender issues are free to disrupt the lives of people who are.
But possibly the saddest part is the very children who will be learning in school that America was founded on the principle “All are created equal,” will have already learned, it doesn’t apply to anyone like them.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old transgender male who wants to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity. Arguments in the case are scheduled for March 28.