Trump Administration Signals Shift on Transgender Policy

The Trump administration on Friday signaled a change in course on the Obama administration's efforts to expand transgender rights, The Washington Post reported. The U.S. Department of Justice formally withdrew its request to temporarily limit a nationwide injunction that blocked guidance requiring that transgender students be allowed to use restrooms that match their gender identity.

In August, Judge Reed O'Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas blocked implementation of the guidance as part of a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen states over the Obama administration's position that Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools, protects transgender students, reported The New York Times. The Obama administration appealed the injunction and requested that it apply only to states involved in the lawsuit and not nationwide. Oral arguments in that case were scheduled to begin on Tuesday, but on Friday, the Justice Department withdrew the previous administration's challenge.

"The parties are currently considering how best to proceed in this appeal," the department said in a legal brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The move by the Justice Department does not immediately change the situation for the nation's public schools, but it suggests that the Trump administration will take a different approach on the hotly contested issue of transgender rights—which many conservatives thought went too far under the President Obama.

 

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The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trump-administration-signals-change-in-policy-for-transgender-students/2017/02/11/c2fd138e-f051-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html

The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/us/politics/trump-transgender-students-injunction.html