One of the most controversial and dubious federal guidelines under Barack Obama’s regime was removed on Wednesday by President Donald Trump.
From now on, transgender students are no longer protected by federal law, which allowed them to pick and choose their gender and to use locker rooms and/or bathrooms matching their self-assumed gender identities.
The Obama regime federal guidelines were severely criticized by the Republicans and today President Trump came down and took the side of states rights by lifting what has been described by many as an example of federal overreach. The phrase which became meme, i.e. “did you just assume my gender?” is soon to become a thing of the past.
With the Obama federal directives now lifted, it will be up to the school districts and the states to decide what is and what’s not discrimination as per the federal anti-discrimination law, thus determining if their students should have access to any type of bathroom/locker room, irrespective of their biological sex.
Betsy DeVos, the Education Secretary in President Trump’s administration said:
“Schools, communities and families can find – and in many cases have found – solutions that protect all students.”
The earlier federal guidance regarding transgender bathrooms has given raise to a surge in litigation about locker rooms and school restrooms.
However, it’s worth mentioning that Obama’s transgender guidance was put on hold very early on by a Texas federal judge after thirteen states sued, but even without that hold, the respective guidance was more of a political statement and pedaling the LGBT agenda, as it did not carry the force of law.
Opponents deplored the federal overreach which violated the privacy/safety of other students while LGBT advocates claimed that it was useful and necessary as a weapon against discrimination of the transgender minority.
Polls showed about 66% of Americans strongly opposing Barack Obama’s radical transgender agenda. With the government no longer enforcing this dubious social engineering program, we may expect a domino effect of states renouncing transgender bathrooms in schools very soon.