A few days after President Day, Trump’s Administration overturned Obama’s guidelines on transgender students’ bathroom use. Already under fire for his Islamophobic immigration rules, Donald Trump once again deliberately forces the US to take a step backwards, working against civil and human integrity.
The recent US administration’s actions have made it amply clear – they have no interest in listening to the demands of the people that it governs. After targeting people from one religious group, Mr. Trump has now set his sight to a different minority group: transgender students. The Obama administration’s much applauded decision protected the rights of transgenders to use the restroom in public schools of their choice.
According by insiders, Sen. Sessions overruled Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education, during cabinet discussion. Initially reluctant, DeVos showed concerns of the safety and protection of transgender children, however, Sessions successfully pushed the cabinet to assent.
Sean Spicer, White House spokesman, said that Mr. Trump thinks Obama’s administration’s guidelines were “confusing and too difficult to implement”. On the other hand, the American Federation of Teachers’ President, Randi Weingarten, has made it clear that transgender students will be more likely suffer abuse and harassment from peers for being who they are as a result of this move.
Meanwhile, the hashtag #ProtectTransKids trended on Twitter, through which users all over the world shared a quantitative dissatisfaction over Mr. Trump’s administration and its irresponsible actions.
– Gabriel Santos, Correspondent (North America)