Obama Admin. To Direct Schools To Accommodate Transgender Students

May 13, 2016 7:01 a.m.

The Obama administration will send letters to public school districts on Friday directing them to accommodate transgender students by allowing them to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, the New York Times reported Thursday evening.

The letters from the Education and Justice departments will outline how schools can ensure that transgender students are not discriminated against, but the guidelines are not enforceable by the federal government, according to the New York Times.

“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 letter reads, according to the Times.

This letter is the latest move by the Obama administration to push for transgender rights. The Justice Department last week filed a lawsuit against North Carolina over the state’s anti-LGBT law that prohibits transgender individuals from using the public restroom of their choice. And the administration filed a brief last year supporting a transgender teen in Virginia who argued that his school violated Title IX by not allowing him to use the bathroom corresponding to his gender identity.

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