CUE RIGHT WING OUTRAGE: Obama Protects Transgender Students With New Decree (VIDEO)

CUE RIGHT WING OUTRAGE: Obama Protects Transgender Students With New Decree (VIDEO)

A Letter Is Going Out Warning Schools Not To Discriminate Against Transgender Students

The Obama administration is not going to let the nation’s transgender students be discriminated against any more. On Friday, a letter from the Department of Justice and the Department of Department of Education will be going out to all schools in the country that instruct them that they must allow transgender students to use the washrooms that correspond with the gender they identify with.

According to the New York Times, although the letter does not “have the force of the law” it does make clear that schools that don’t comply could face a lawsuit or lose federal aid money.

The secretary of the Department of Education, John B. King Jr., came out in defense of transgender teens and the need for inclusive education spaces.

“No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus. We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence.”

The New York Times and Joe My God outline what the letter being sent out will say.

“A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”

The Obama administration wants to make it crystal clear that under federal law schools must protect students against discrimination, and this includes transgender students.

“[It is a schools job] to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of sex requires schools to provide transgender students equal access to educational programs and activities even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections or concerns.”

Furthermore, as soon as a student’s parent or legal guardian makes it known that the gender identity of the child is no longer the same as in past records, the new identity must be used. In other words, schools must treat transgender students with dignity and respect and recognize them for who they are, not who the school or society may want them to be.

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And, in a section of the letter that will surely get a rise out of right-wing social conservatives and ‘Bathroom Bill’ loving Republicans, those opposed to the idea are basically told they can shove their “discomfort” where the sun don’t shine.

“As is consistently recognized in civil rights cases, the desire to accommodate others’ discomfort cannot justify a policy that singles out and disadvantages a particular class of students…schools may — but are not required to — provide other restroom and locker room options to students who seek ‘additional privacy’ for whatever reason.”

Bam. Thank you, Obama. Let the outrage begin.

WATCH:

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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.

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