The transgender bathroom policy which provided a third convenience catering to the transformed humans have been reversed by the US president, Donald Trump.
In a letter sent to schools, the Trump administration wants schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. However, the Justice and Education Departments said the Obama administration’s guidance, found in Title IX, did not explain how it was consistent with the law.
According to ABCNews, Trump made this reversion on Wednesday, 22nd February. The letter claimed that the directive caused confusion and lawsuits over its enforcement. Anti-bullying safeguards will not be affected, according to the letter.
The letter reads:
“All schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment.
President Trump believes that the transgender bathroom policy should be decided at the state level, however, the current letter makes way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers, and administrators.
Last April, Trump stepped into the transgender bathroom law in North Carolina, that banned people from using public bathrooms or locker rooms that don’t match the sex on their birth certificate.
The US president told NBC that the state lawmakers should leave it the way it is, adding that people should use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.
According to Betsy DeVos, the Education Secretary who has supported freedom for transgender people in the past, said in a statement on Wednesday that it is their responsibility to protect every student in America and ensure that they have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe and trusted environment. “This is not merely a federal mandate, but a moral obligation,” he said.
The Congress, state legislatures, and local governments plan to adopt appropriate policies or laws addressing this issue and the Department of Justice remains committed to the proper interpretation and enforcement of Title IX and to its protections for all students, including LGBTQ students, from discrimination, bullying, and harassment.
ACLU LGBT project director James Esseks says that Trump’s revoking of the guidance shows that the president’s promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric. The bottom line is that this does not undo legal protections for transgender students. Meanwhile, he urged school districts who recognize the right thing to continue to hold on to it.
It has been reported also that young transgender people face high rates of discrimination and bullying, and they need a government that will stand up for them and not attack them.
However, statistics shows that the number of teenage suicide has reduced drastically following the approval of same-sex marriage.
This means that most of the teenage suicide were connected to the fact that the society hindered them from following their self-nurtured sexuality.