Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"States' Rights" continues to be code for discrimination, this time for transgender students

Donald Trump has said that the treatment of transgender students should be up to the states. We know what that means in the Bible Belt.

According to Reuters a “Dear Colleague” letter is expected to be finalized today by the departments of Education and Justice that will rescind protections for LGBT students in public schools. According to a draft of the expected document, the Obama era regulation has “given rise to significant litigation.” The letter notes the diversity of opinion including that of a cherry-picked Texas judge who said that gender is that which is assigned at birth biologically.

The matter is before the United States Supreme Court in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. with oral arguments scheduled for March 28 which pretty much eliminates the participation of Neil Gorsuch even if he is ultimately confirmed (the confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin on March 20).

The draft also expresses the idea that administrators, parents and students are struggling to understand the Obama era guidance. I find that to be irrelevant. The remedy is to clarify the guidance where necessary.

The draft goes on to say that “schools must ensure that transgender students, like all students, are able to learn in a safe environment.” That is nearly impossible because lifting the regulations stigmatizes and marginalizes those students in states with policies adhering to conservative Christian doctrine.

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