Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Trump and Sessions undo Obama's federal guidance to school systems on trans students, return matter to states

There are many media reports today about president Trump’s reversing an Obama administration “guidance”, motivated by the Civil Rights Act, that schools have to allow transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice.  Actually, “it” was Jeff Sessions.  The administration claims it is up to states to manage this issue.  Trump has personally said before that states should define their own procedures to recognize legitimate trans students legally and pass these on to schools. Many states would be able to do this administratively.  Unfortunately, North Carolina and Virginia, to name two examples, have made a mess.

Filmmaker Nev Schulman ("Catfish", on MTV) passed along the ATTN story on Facebook.

Vox has a long piece with card stack by German Lopez, “Anti-transgender bathroom hysteria, explained” ,  It led to a complete unraveling in North Carolina.

The Washington Post, to its credit, goes into the legal and constitutional issues in a long piece by Emma Brown et al, here.

Annual LGBT Mega Networking was held at Town DC tonight (Facebook reference).   I’ll have to wait for a friend’s report on FB, was at a Cato event today (issues blog).

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