WaPo: Obama administration directs schools to accommodate transgender students – The Washington Post

Wingnuts are all a twitter today over the news that President Obama has directed the nation’s public schools to avoid the legal hassle, and provide proper bathroom facilities to all students. This does not engender any huge change in physical facilities, it is simply guidance in the face of wingnuts like Pat McCrory who has felt the need to jump into everyone’s bathroom habits while at the same time gutting gender protections in the state of North Carolina. The Washington Post reported:

The Obama administration on Friday directed schools across the nation to provide transgender students with access to suitable facilities — including bathrooms and locker rooms — that match their chosen gender identity. The move, which affects all public schools and most colleges and universities that receive federal funds, plunges the administration even further into the country’s ongoing contentious debate over transgender rights.

Source: Obama administration directs schools to accommodate transgender students – The Washington Post

This argument is going to go nowhere as the Dear Colleague letter makes clear that this is not changing the law, it is however “significant guidance” as determined by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice:

A school’s Title IX obligation to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of sex requires schools to provide transgender students equal access to educational programs and activities even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections or concerns. As is consistently recognized in civil rights cases, the desire to accommodate others’ discomfort cannot justify a policy that singles out and disadvantages a particular class of students.

When will so-called “conservatives” butt out of American’s sex lives? Do they not have other concerns besides someone’s gender identity that has nothing to do with them in the first place?

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