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Trump Administration Officially Revoke Transgender Student Protections

Trump’s administration has rescinded protections for transgender students made in the Obama era.

A set of guidelines issued last year by the Departments of Justice and Education stated that discrimination against transgender students was banned by the sex discrimination ban in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The guidelines instructed schools to let transgender students use the appropriate bathroom. While it was not an executive order, the guidelines implied a threat to the funding of schools if they were not followed.

In rescinding the guidelines, the Trump Administration stated that it believes this issue should be decided at the state-level.

The Supreme Court and the nation’s public schools were notified by letter late on Wednesday that the guidance was changing.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, said;

This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities and families can find — and in many cases have found — solutions that protect all students.”

Reports yesterday stated that DeVos was privately opposed to the change. She released a separate statement saying that the government must

… 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 no individual, school, district or state can abdicate. At my direction, the department’s Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools.”

Despite the administration having officially rescinded the guidance, the letter will have no immediate impact as the guidelines were blocked by a federal court after they were issued.

But as expected, the letter claims that “there must be due regard for the primary role of the States and local school districts in establishing educational policy.”

Federalism is a common excuse used to legalize discrimination, since many states will choose not to ban discrimination. If all states planned to do the right thing, then no one would complain about federal rules banning discrimination.

In a statement, the House LGBT caucus denounced the rule change.

President Trump’s decision to rescind this guidance is cruel. This nondiscrimination guidance was based on years of court opinions and best practices developed by experts in the field. This President, who previously promised to maintain LGBT nondiscrimination protections, has turned his back on the transgender community and shown a willful disregard for the safety of transgender students everywhere.”

National Center for Transgender Equality director Mara Keisling said.

This is a mean-spirited attack on hundreds of thousands of students who simply want to be their true selves and be treated with dignity while attending school,”

District Ordered to Pay Transgender Student $75,000 After School Stopped Her Using Female Toilets

A Maine court has awarded a Transgender Student, Nicole Maines, $75,000 in a settlement of her discrimination lawsuit against a school district where administrators made her use a staff, not student, bathroom.

Maines won her lawsuit against the Orono school district in January before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled that the school district violated the Maine Human Rights Act. It was the first time a state high court in the U.S. concluded that a transgender person should use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

A lower court awarded her the financial settlement last week. It will go to the Maines family, the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Berman Simmons, a Portland law firm that represented Maines, said GLAD spokeswoman Carisa Cunningham.

The Penobscot County Superior order, dated Nov. 25, represents the conclusion of the court case that began in 2009 when the Maines family and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued the school district. The order prohibits the district from “refusing access by transgender students to school restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity.”

School administrators across the country are grappling with the issue.

Nicole, now 17, is a biological male who identified as a girl beginning at age 2.

Nicole was using the girls’ bathroom in her elementary school until the grandfather of a fifth-grade boy complained to administrators. The Orono school district determined that she should use a staff bathroom, but her parents said that amounted to discrimination.