The Obama administration wants to make public schools allow transgender children to use the bathrooms that matches their gender identity, sources told ABC News.
The administration sent a letter that states as part of federal funding, “a school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity.”
Schools will still offer single-use bathrooms to students for privacy, but they shouldn’t
require transgender students to use single-use facilities if their classmates are not required to do the same, the statement said.
Citing Title IX, the letter says the school should not require a medical diagnosis, nor should they demand documentation reflecting the student’s gender identity before taking steps to protect transgender students — “even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections.”
The letter — signed by officials from the Departments of Justice and Education — comes amid a fierce national debate over transgender rights, including dueling lawsuits by DOJ and the state of North Carolina over the so-called “bathroom law”, which requires all government agencies and public schools to require multiple-occupancy public restrooms and locker-rooms be separated by “biological sex” rather than gender identity.
“This is a truly significant moment not only for transgender young people but for all young people, sending a message that every student deserves to be treated fairly and supported by their teachers and schools,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement, calling the directive “groundbreaking.”
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