Trump administration reverses transgender bathroom guidance

A letter was sent to schools Wednesday informing them of the decision.

The letter claimed that the directive caused confusion and lawsuits over its enforcement. Anti-bullying safeguards will not be affected, according to the letter.

Instead, the letter suggests that the states should take a "primary role" in establishing policy.

Last April, Trump weighed in on the North Carolina "bathroom bill," HB2, which bars people from using public bathrooms or locker rooms that don't match the sex listed on their birth certificate.

State lawmakers should "leave it the way it is," Trump said in an interview with NBC, adding that people should "use the bathroom they feel is appropriate."

Responding on Monday to early reports in the media about the Trump administration's reversal of the Obama-era rules regarding transgender people and bathrooms, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement, "Transgender young people face tragically high rates of discrimination and bullying, and they need a government that will stand up for them — not attack them."

And ACLU LGBT project director James Esseks said in a statement, "Revoking the guidance shows that the president's promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric. The bottom line is that this does not undo legal protections for trans students ... School districts that recognize that should continue doing the right thing; for the rest, we’ll see them in court."

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