Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms

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By Daniel Trotta

<span class="articleLocation”>President Donald Trump’s administration on
Wednesday revoked landmark guidance issued to public schools in
defense of transgender student rights, reversing course on a
signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack
Obama.

Obama instructed public schools in May 2016 to allow
transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their chosen
gender identity, threatening to withhold federal funding if they
should force transgender children to use bathrooms against their
will.

The Trump administration action withdrew that guidance while
the Justice and Education departments continue to study the
legal issues involved.

Reversing the Obama guidelines stands to inflame passions in
the latest conflict in America between believers in traditional
values and social progressives, and is likely to prompt more of
the street protests that followed Trump’s Nov. 8 election.

A couple hundred people gathered in front of the White House
to protest the Trump action, waving rainbow flags and chanting: “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here.” The rainbow
flag is the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people.

(Additional reporting by Lawrence Hurley, Jeff Mason, Julia
Edwards Ainsley and Emily Stephenson in Washington)



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