President Obama has clearly had just about enough of the crazy right-wing’s continued attempts to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Today his administration announced their intent to issue a “sweeping directive” to all public school districts and colleges in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, regardless of their “biological” classification at birth.
The declaration, which is signed by Justice and Education Department officials, will go out Friday, May 13, in the form of a letter and will explain what schools will be expected to do in order to make sure that all transgender students feel comfortable.
No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus. We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence.
While Obama’s administration is not able to force the schools to comply with his decree, the order does imply that if they do not comply, they could lose federal aid and face lawsuits.
It is really amazing to see that even though he only has a short time left in office, President Obama has no intention to stop fighting for the American people, but this is certain to cause an uproar among Republicans hell-bent on a new form of segregation.
Mississippi and North Carolina have both passed discriminatory laws forcing transgender people to use public restrooms assigned to their gender classification at birth and several others are attempting to do the same. Texas is among these states and Governor Greg Abbott has not been shy about voicing his opinions and intentions to demonize the transgender community, in fact, he announced it in front of an uproarious Dallas crowd Thursday morning at the Texas Republican Convention.
The Justice Department is not playing around anymore and they are currently suing North Carolina. Once this letter is sent, we can only hope that people will start to fall in line with what’s right or all of our kids will suffer the loss of much-needed funding just so xenophobic conservatives can continue to discriminate freely.
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