The new United States administration has revoked the government directive to schools that allowed transgender students to use toilets according to their gender identity.
Once again Donald Trump’s directive has given rise to protests and legal challenges from at least 13 states. The previous directive was given by president Obama but it was criticised for putting other student’s privacy at risk. It was also advised that this matter should be left at the hands of the states.
The directive by president Barack Obama is already on a hold as it has been temporarily blocked by judge in Texas.
Schools in United States have received a letter from the Justice and Education department informing them that the previous directive has been cancelled. The letter also alleged that the directive have sparked many lawsuits.
This decision was welcomed by General Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Taxes, he said: “Our fight over the bathroom directive has always been about former President Obama’s attempt to bypass Congress and rewrite the laws to fit his political agenda for radical social change.”
President Obama’s directive had no legal binding and the school did not have to follow his instructions, however, by doing so they could lose federal funding. The directive was based on the federal law that prohibits discrimination in education based on sex.
Although Donald Trump had assured during his campaign that transgenders will have the freedom to use any bathroom matching their gender identity.
Conservative activists are praising Donald Trump’s decision, Vicki Wilson a member of Students and Parents for Privacy said: “Our daughters should never be forced to share private, intimate spaces with male classmates, even if those young men are struggling with these issues, It violates their right to privacy and harms their dignity.”
Randi Weingarten, the president of American Federation of Teachers criticised the decision and called it a major setback for transgender rights. She said: “By rescinding these protections, the Trump administration is compromising the safety and security of some of our most vulnerable children.
“Reversing this guidance tells trans kids that it’s OK with the Trump administration and the Department of Education for them to be abused and harassed at school for being trans.”