Going backwards: Feds halt Obama administration’s attempt to protect the civil rights of transgender students.
A day after Christian conservative Jeff Sessions was sworn into office as Attorney General, the Justice Department quietly dropped the Obama administration’s attempt to secure civil rights for transgender individuals.
On Friday night, Justice Department attorneys handling a lawsuit over President Barack Obama’s efforts to protect transgender individuals dropped an effort to temporarily rein in a nationwide injunction a Texas federal judge imposed last year. That injunction prohibited the feds from enforcing the Obama administration’s view that existing civil rights laws cover discrimination against those who are transgender.
In other words, the Trump administration just declared it’s open season on the transgender community.
CNN reports the Obama administration had argued not allowing transgender students to use the bathroom they choose is a violation of a law barring sexual discrimination.
Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, said they were “incredibly disappointed” by the filing on Friday, noting:
Our concern is that it’s a very clear signal that at a minimum the Department of Justice — and possibly more broadly throughout the Trump administration — will not protect transgender students.
Last year, in a victory for human rights, the Obama administration issued a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.
In a letter sent to every public school district in America the Obama administration warned school districts that they should allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, or risk losing federal funding.
However, in reaction to the fair and just policy move, conservative Christians reacted with horror, angry that their privilege had been exposed, and their prejudice and bigotry was being challenged.
In reality, it is Republican lawmakers, and not transgender people, who are the real danger in public bathrooms. In fact, more GOP Lawmakers have been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than transgender people.
Bottom line: The Justice Department led by conservative Christian Jeff Sessions has declared open season on transgender students, and the federal government under Trump will do nothing to protect the civil rights of transgender individuals.