And so it begins.
A week or two ago, the Obama administration sent guidelines to public schools which allowed transgender students to decide which bathroom or locker room to use based on their gender identity. As expected, many conservative states are now challenging that directive from the Obama administration in the form of a lawsuit.
Eleven states are currently challenging the directive as unlawful with many, like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, threatening to forfeit federal education dollars rather than enforce the transgender guidelines set by the Obama administration. The 11 states include:
- West Virginia
Currently many of these states have laws in place that demand individuals use the restroom or locker room that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate (ie the anti-LGBT laws that are currently in place for states like North Carolina). As you may have guessed, this can be problematic for many trans individuals since their gender identity does not necessarily match the one on their birth certificate. Many conservatives that support these restrictions on bathroom use say these rules are in place to protect women and children from sexual predators. Based on hard evidence however, it’s been proven to be:
The basis of the Obama administration’s guidelines comes from their interpretation of the Civil Rights Act. Under their interpretation, the rights of trans students are protected by the federal government since public schools receive federal funding. Of course, conservatives disagree with the Obama administration’s interpretation saying that the Civil Rights Act doesn’t consider gender identity in its language.
Looks like that interpretation will be decided in not only the court of public opinion, but by the legal system as well.
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