Transgender Rights For US Students Are In Danger And The Internet Is Furious

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Celebrities react as transgender protections are cut back.

In May of last year, amid fierce debate over various proposed transgender bathroom laws, former US President, Barack Obama issued guidelines designed to protect transgender students. The federal guidance made it a priority that transgender students have access to bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identity. 

President Trump's justice and education departments issued a statement on Wednesday (Feb 22) announcing that these Obama protections would be rolled back

The pronouncement is a major setback for transgender rights and the outpouring of solidarity is proof that this is an important issue for a lot of people. 

The education and justice departments maintain that the federal government will investigate individual claims of discrimination but that no special provisions are to be made for transgender students. The American Civil Liberties Union is poised to challenge any unlawful actions against the LGBTQ+ community. 

Trans students often face bullying, threats, and hostility in school. The previous administration's efforts to shield these kids from the stigma of anti-trans bathroom legislation was a huge step toward progress.