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Obama admin: Public schools, let transgender students choose bath, locker room

WASHINGTON DC – The Obama administration sent a letter to every US public school district this morning stating they must allow transgender students to use whichever bathroom and locker room that matches their chosen gender identity or possibly face a loss of federal funding or a federal lawsuit.

The letter, which is signed by officials at the Justice Department and the Department of Education, was posted on the Department of Justice’s website.

“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

The letter says that schools must immediately respect a student’s new gender identity as soon as it is declared by their parent or guardian. Schools are not allowed to require that a student provide a medical diagnosis to justify the change, and they also cannot require a student to legally change their gender.
“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,” the letter says.

To assist schools in implementing the new policy and help those made uncomfortable by it, the letter includes a 25-page document of “emerging practices,” with suggestions such as erecting privacy curtains in locker rooms for those who need extra privacy.

The Rockwall News is awaiting responses from the Rockwall and Royse City school districts.

Rockwall ISD Communications Director Renae Turner confirmed yesterday that the school district does not currently have a policy regarding which bathroom or locker room that transgender students may use.

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