Trump’s administration rolled back federal guidelines that guaranteed the right for transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity instead of their biological sex.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court was notified by officials from the federal Education and Justice departments that schools should disregard previously issued memos from the Obama administration about transgender student rights. Those memos stated that forcing transgender students to use the bathroom of their biological sex was a violation of the federal anti-discrimination laws.
The two-page letter, titled “Dear Colleague” states that the administration wants to “further and more completely consider the legal issues involved,” but provides no guidelines for transgender students.
LGBT right activists immediately condemned the decision, accusing the Trump administration of breaking past promises to protect gay and transgender rights.
Following the decision, protests were organised in front of the White House and a series of LGBT rights advocates spoke out, including Ellen DeGeneres, and also singer Jackie Evancho who performed at Trump’s inauguration.