President Trump has begun erasing Obama's legacy as he withdraws protections for transgender student
Last year, former President Obama threatened to withhold funding public schools who refused to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity.
Although Obama’s guidelines had been put on hold by a federal judge who argued states and public schools should have authority to make their own decisions without government interference, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the Trump’s government was pressed to act now and revoke the protections because of an impending court case.
The pending US Supreme Court case – G.G. versus Gloucester County School Board – which pits a Virginia transgender boy, Gavin Grimm, against officials who want to deny him use of the boys' room at his high school.
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US President Barack Obama on his final trip to Europe as president before handing over power to Donald Trump.
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Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Centre for Transgender Equality, condemned Trump’s reversal and said: “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.”
According to reports, hundreds of people gathered in front of the White House to protest the Republican president's action, waving rainbow flags and chanting: "No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here,” on Wednesday evening, hours after the rule was reversed.
But Conservatives such as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spearheaded the lawsuit challenging the Obama guidance, hailed the Trump administration action.
Paxton, a Republican 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.”
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Although the White House previously boasted of Trump's support for LGBT rights, 13 states led by Texas sued to stop the Obama guidelines.
The Justice and Education departments will continue to study the legal issues involved, according to the new guidance that will be sent to public schools across the country, but courts are likely to have the final say.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed Trump's move
James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT project, said: "Revoking the guidance shows that the President's [Trump's campaign] promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric."
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