New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman says transgender students won’t lose any protections provided to them under Obama-era regulations, despite President Trump’s dissolving of the policy on Wednesday evening.
According to Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for Schneiderman, “if President Trump withdraws Obama administration’s guidance, transgender students will still be protected by Title IX and its implementing regulations, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. Additionally, our state law protections are independent from federal law — for example, the Dignity of All Students Act.”
The Trump administration repealed regulations created by former President Obama that were initially implemented to protect transgender students in schools across the U.S., allowing them to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identities rather than their sex assigned at birth.
New Yorkers can rest easy, however, as according to Spitalnick, “the Attorney General will continue to ensure that Title IX and New York’s own civil rights protections are enforced, because we know that policies that ensure equality for transgender New Yorkers promote safe and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities — benefiting everyone.”
According to the New York Times, “officials from the Justice Department and the Education Department rejected that the Obama administration’s position that nondiscrimination laws require schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.”
According to these officials, the role of the states and local school districts is to establish educational policy, and apparently, not to protect students from discrimination.
Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality called latest Trump’s move a “mean-spirited attack” on transgender students:
‘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. These young people already face incredible hurdles in their pursuit of education and acceptance. With a pen stroke, the Trump Administration effectively sanctions the bullying, ostracizing, and isolation of these children, putting their very lives in danger.’
Although Trump is seemingly doing everything within his power to revoke the rights of some of the most marginalized Americans, at least Schneiderman is vigilantly fighting back against Trump’s archaic policy, using his legal authority to do so.
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