The Trump administration is moving to prevent transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the gender with which they were assigned at birth, in a move that will likely be a major win for transgender rights activists and supporters.
Under a proposed rule from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), transgender students would be required to use facilities that correspond to their biological sex, not the gender they identify with.
The rule would be in place until at least 2020.
The move comes after Trump issued an executive order in May that would allow schools to decide on their own whether or not to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity, regardless of whether the school is currently implementing the directive.
Critics of the Obama administration’s policies say the move would allow discrimination against transgender people.
“The administration is trying to impose a radical and unconstitutional gender ideology on the schools of America, the states, and the nation,” Mara Keisling, a senior policy advisor at the Human Rights Campaign, told The Daily Beast.
“The transgender bathroom issue is an extreme example of this.
If you think about it, the idea of a student using a bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate is absurd.
It’s an attack on privacy, and it’s a violation of our civil liberties.”
The Trump administration’s announcement comes just days after the Department of Education rescinded a policy that allowed transgender students at public schools to use bathrooms that match the gender assigned to them at birth.
The new rule would prevent schools from deciding which bathrooms students can use.
Trump signed an executive action to rescind the Obama-era directive on May 21.
The move came after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-funded policy that prohibited the federal government from intervening in states that had not yet fully implemented the directive, which also prevented the Obama administrations from issuing federal funding for any new public schools.