“Is Betsy DeVos’ Education Department Pro- and Anti-Trans?” -Daily Beast

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Summary: ” This new memo was released to fill the gap left in February following the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration’s previous, and more comprehensive guidance, which had instructed school districts to permit transgender students to utilize restrooms matching their gender The rescinding of that guidance also led the Supreme Court to remand transgender teenager Gavin Grimm’s potentially precedent-setting case back to the Fourth Circuit level, effectively hitting reset on much of the progress made on this issue under the Obama administration. The GLSEN data proves that bathrooms, and locker rooms are by far the spaces that LGBT students are almost all likely to avoid on school grounds, which ought to make them the front line of any anti-bullying efforts intended to protect them. As Remley noted, keeping transgender students out of restrooms matching their gender only “exacerbate[s]” the “heightened risk” of “bullying, and harassment” that they already face, effectively putting them in “hostile environments.” It’s an unintentional twist of the knife that the phrase “hostile environment” appears currently in the Department of Education’s milquetoast new guidance, which does far from enough to let vulnerable students know whether, or not they’re protected. For example, data from the U.S. That’s why GLSEN executive director Eliza Byard wasn’t pleased with the Department of Education’s new memo, calling on the OCR to “specify, whether they’ll defend trans students’ have access to to safe, and proper school facilities.” “Forcing trans students to utilize restrooms that don’t align with their gender identity puts those students at risk of harassment and violence,” Byard’s statement continued. Even more troubling is a 2016 study in the Journal of Homosexuality which analyzed data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, and found that “denial of have access to to, either [bathrooms, or campus housing] had a significant relationship to suicidality, even at the end of controlling, for interpersonal victimization.” In other words, even if you could might possibly come apart the bathroom issue from bullying—as this 2016 study attempted to do in its statistical analysis—keeping transgender students out of the correct restrooms may still negatively impact their mental health. Indeed, the American Medical Association recently announced formal opposition to policies that restrict transgender restroom have access to on analogous grounds, with board member Dr. Although the memo makes it clear that OCR shall be able to still carry out an evaluation of Title IX sex discrimination complaints brought by “individuals whether, or not the individual is transgender,” it pointedly doesn’t address the restroom issue.”

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