Obama ain't got time for all this bathroom bill ish. After considerable debate and an impending legal battle over North Carolina's transphobic and oppressive HB2, the White House is now sending out a directive to all public schools in the United States. Essentially, they're telling them they must allow transgender individuals to use the bathrooms that match their identified gender.
The New York Times got ahold of the letter, which will be sent out today. Here's part of what it says: In order for public schools 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.”
Pretty strong wording. It continues: “[A]s 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.”
Damn, Big O and his team went in on this one. Jezebel also states that "the document was co-signed by officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Education."
“No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus,” secretary of the Department of Education John B. King, Jr. told the NYT. “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 there is no technical legal backing for the new pro-Trans initiative, the letter was accompanied with a not-so-subtle warning that schools that do not comply risk losing federal funding.