Trump to revoke transgender protections
The Trump administration was preparing this week to roll back Obama-era protections for transgender students, according to a draft letter seen by The Washington Post. In the letter, administration officials say they are withdrawing an Obama administration directive that requires the nation’s public schools to let children use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities—a right protected under federal Title IX rules, according to the directive. “This interpretation has given rise to significant litigation,” states the letter. White House press secretary Sean Spicer added that President Trump believes transgender protections are “a states’ rights issue.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos opposed the letter, said the Post, but was overruled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.