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22 February 2017, 01:08 | Laverne Osborne
LGBT groups urge the President to keep Obama-era guidelines regarding the issue in place
"She cited "reliable sources" in saying that President Trump had "green-lighted" the plan".
A report says that the Trump administration will pull back the Obama-era guidelines on transgender students.
The release of detailed guidance by the Departments of Education and Justice came last May as the federal government sued the state of North Carolina for its law forcing trans students to use bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificate.
The Obama administration past year issued a guidance to all public school districts in the USA telling them to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. New U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, however, recently withdrew that request, a move denounced by hundreds of parents of transgender children in a recent open letter to Donald Trump. The former administration's "significant guidance" tried to stem the tide, clarifying that Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funding, includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
Now it appears that their fears were far from unfounded, as the Trump administration has focused its target on a host of marginalized groups - including transgender people - during the president's first month in office.
"Protecting those who are the most vulnerable in our education system should always be a top priority for any President of the United States and his cabinet", said Rea Carey, executive director of the task force. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves.
The policy was adopted by President Obama, and it recommended schools to allow students use the restroom of their choosing based on their gender identity.
Even if the US government rescinds the guidance, transgender advocates have insisted students are still able to sue on their own under Title IX if they feel they've experienced discrimination as a result of their gender identity.
"It doesn't take away trans kids' rights", Keisling told The Blade. "It's shocking that this kind of harm would even be a subject of debate for the president".
The Human Rights Campaign denounced the administration's reported plan, issuing a statement Monday evening. "It's Title IX that protects us, not Donald Trump or Attorney General Sessions agreeing with us on Title IX". Earlier this month Trump's Justice Dept. That statement boasted Trump in his nomination speech had pledged "to protect the community from violence and oppression".
Spicer indicated that President Trump will support discriminatory action against transgender students despite the White House in January boasting that Trump was an ally for upholding a handful of LGBTQ protections.
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