Three gay groups asked the Trump administration to keep the transgender protections put in place by the previous White House Monday.
The gay organizations wrote an open letter in response to the Department of Justice withdrawing an objection to a transgender lawsuit, reports On Top Magazine.
“The Departments’ guidance documents help educational institutions understand and comply with the law,” the letter read. “… It also includes discrimination against the hundreds of thousands of students who were assigned one gender at birth but who live and attend school as another.”
The Department of Justice removed a previous complaint about an injunction against Obama’s transgender guidance for public schools. A district judge had placed a temporary halt on the guidance, which the Obama administration tried to fight.
The transgender guidance stated that public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. Public schools stood to risk losing federal funding if they did not follow the mandate.
The gay groups, National Center for Transgender Equality, GLSEN and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), wrote the letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos, the education secretary.
“This guidance also helps protect some of our most vulnerable students…In middle and high schools, sexual harassment is all too common, with 56% girls and 40% of boys saying they have been sexually harassed by peers, and LGBT students overwhelmingly face sex-based harassment,” the groups wrote in the letter.
The groups also said they were troubled by DeVos not saying whether she would keep the transgender mandate or not.
“A withdrawal of this critical guidance would represent a major retreat from these commitments. We urge you to ensure that your Departments continue to support and protect all students,” the letter said.
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