Measures the changed the dynamic of the entire country and force schools to create transgender bathroom facilities were put into play by Obama’s administration, but President Trump’s administration will not stand with it anymore with Sessions’ new action.
He showed his disapproval of this during a Friday court filing from Justice Department lawyers withdrawing a request made last year by Obama’s administration. The same request came in response to a judge’s ruling in a lawsuit which challenged federal guidance to states on accommodating transgender students.
The guidance which was issued by President Barack Obama last May stated that transgender students are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law which bars discrimination in education based on sex schools which accept federal money.
After the directive was temporarily blocked by a district court judge in August, Obama sought to limit the scope of the court’s ruling to only apply to states that were pushing the appeal. Doing so meant that transgender-rights guidance would remain in effect throughout the whole country. 12 states and the District of Columbia had sided with Obama, and they wanted the directive to apply to them.
The filing was also referred to as a sign of things to come by Gay-rights advocates.
“What we can infer from it is that the Department of Justice and Trump administration are unlikely to robustly pursue rights for transgender people,” said the legal director for Human RIghts Campaign (LGBTQ-rights organization), Sarah Warbelow.