In a brand new move, US President Donald Trump has rescinded the order made by Barack Obama that would force schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. The move has sparked anger amongst the US population who see this as a threat to the rights of transgender individuals. But critics said it threatened other students’ privacy and safety and should be decided at state level.
Obama’s directive had sparked a backlash across the country, with legal challenges from 13 states. Obama had declared that schools must allow the transgender students that bathroom of their choice or they would lose their federal funding. The pressure from his order forced many schools to adopt the policy out of concern for their budgets. In other cases, it meant whether or not a school could financially survive. The latest change will have no immediate impact because Obama’s directive has already been temporarily blocked by a judge in Texas since August.
Advocates of the trans-included bathrooms believe the protection is based on an interpretation of federal law Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Opponents of the inclusion argue that sex and gender are two different things and should not be convoluted.
“Our daughters should never be forced to share private, intimate spaces with male classmates, even if those young men are struggling with these issues,” said Vicki Wilson, a member of Students and Parents for Privacy.
“It violates their right to privacy and harms their dignity.”
This changing of the rules regarding bathrooms is another example of Trump not fulfilling his positions during the presidential campaign. During his campaign, Trump said transgender students should be allowed to use whichever bathroom “they feel is appropriate”.