Obama Administration Issues Directive Affirming Trans Students’ Identities
The Obama Administration recently issued a directive to all public schools and most colleges and universities to accommodate transgender students. In the directive schools are urged to allow trans students to use the bathrooms and lockers rooms that correspond to their gender identity rather than their biological sex. It also let officials at state and local schools know that they are at risk of losing federal funding if they don’t comply with Title IX.
The Obama Administration’s letter – obtained by the Washington Post states “As is consistently recognized in civil rights cases, the desire to accommodate others’ discomfort cannot justify a policy that singles out and disadvantages a particular class of students.” This is a very important statement from the Administration, especially with laws like HB2 in NC and similar anti-trans legislation popping up across our Country.
Trans students are only asking for the most basic of human rights – the right to move through public space safely. The Obama Administration’s directive affirms that our requests for dignity and respect are in line with the non-discrimination policies outlined in Title IX, and could have reaching positive effects for the trans community.
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