'Callous Attack': Trump DOJ Drops Protections for Transgender Students

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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.

But in August, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor determined that the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice had not followed the proper channels in issuing the nationwide guidance, and suggested that the departments' interpretation of federal law was incorrect.

The injunction was issued after several states challenged the Obama administration's directive.

On Friday, the "Justice Department withdrew the previous administration's challenge", the New York Times reported.

But on Friday night the Justice Department and the states filed a joint notice saying both sides moved to cancel the hearing.

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.

In a move that will surprise few and depress many, Attorney General Jeff Sessions kicked off his tenure by declining to defend the rights of transgender students to safely attend public schools. But it does not change the fact that federal law protects transgender students. It is heartbreaking and wrong that the agency tasked with enforcing civil rights laws would instead work to subvert them for political interests. "Donald Trump must immediately reverse course and direct the DOJ to uphold guidance protecting transgender students".

"It can not be disputed that the plain meaning of the term sex ... following passage of Title IX meant the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth", he wrote.

But Texas and 12 other states filed a lawsuit a year ago challenging the directive.

The Fifth Circuit has granted the request from the Justice Department to cancel oral arguments in the case initially scheduled for February 17. During his campaign, Mr. Trump was considered the most pro-LGBT of all 17 Republican candidates, a distinction his administration referred to as recently as earlier this month.

The Trump administration-not a big fan of injunctions lately or being told what to do, period-is also obviously fine with legal restrains so long as they help pave the way for intolerance and inequity.

In the meantime, the U.S. Supreme Court is set in late March to hear the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys' bathroom at a high school.

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