The Trump administration decided to rescind protections for all transgender students in public schools that had previously allowed them to use the bathrooms they felt most comfortable with on Feb. 22. This goes against former President Obama’s policy to protect the right of transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that best match their gender identities.
Obama’s administration announced that the Title IX antidiscrimination law from 1972 applied to transgender students with regard to bathroom access. But Trump’s recent order said the opposite, essentially that states and schools can choose their own policies on this issue.
The issue of transgender bathrooms will no longer be decided by the federal government; it will instead be handled by individual states. Thus, depending on the state, discrimination is not illegal, and schools are not obligated to allow students to use the bathroom of their choosing.
Many gay rights activists and members of the LGBTQ community have expressed their disapproval of this action.
“It was a terrible move,” said senior Kaiya Brown, vice president of the Gays and More club. “It only emphasizes how little he cares for the marginalized citizens of the United States. All he’s done was say that the government will not protect children because of a certain orientation, which has only further displayed his unjust agenda.”
Gays and More, which has made plans to install a unisex bathroom at CVHS, is upset at this turn of events. However, this will not deter the club from its goal. Its members have already spoken to the faculty and WA Assett about the issue of a multi-stall unisex bathroom and are currently waiting for approval. If approved, the bathroom will be installed somewhere on campus within the next two to three years.
“It’s a slow process, but a necessary one. This will hopefully open doors for our school to gain more traction in their ability to protect transgender and gender nonconforming youth,” said Brown.