Eleven US States oppose transgender edict
Eleven US states have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s recent efforts to expand the rights of transgender students. The White House issued a directive this month, mandating that all students be allowed to use the toilet that matches their gender identity.
The states called the order “a massive social experiment”. Several US states have recently enacted laws that limit the rights of transgender people. The Obama administration has threatened to withhold federal education aid to states that do not comply with the directive.
Texas - one of the conservative states challenging the directive - stands to lose US$10billion (FJ$21.32bn) education funding. “The Obama administration is trampling the United States Constitution,’’ Texas Governor Gregg Abbott said. Fort Worth, Texas, has become one of the fiercest battlegrounds in this fight over which toilets transgender pupils can use.
Officials there have issued guidance to schools saying transgender students should be able to use the toilet that matches their gender identity. But there has been a backlash from some parents. We attended one meeting where people with children attending schools in the district told us they felt the new guidelines endangered public safety. Others were concerned about the Obama administration, which they said had not consulted with parents enough.
Many, though, admitted that they felt that change on issues like same-sex marriage had happened too fast and was against their beliefs. But they said would fight back when it came to transgender rights, and supported their state in standing against the White House.
The White House directive says all students can use toilets that match their gender identity.