President Obama’s administration witnessed series of legal battles against North Carolina and one of the latest is on the rights of transgender people.
Image shows gender neutral restroom sign.
The White House reportedly issued an order on Friday (13 May) to all public school districts directing them to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. It is worthy of note that the said decree cannot be enforced by law; it, however, does carry the threat of lawsuits or loss of federal aid if violated.
“No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus,” John B King Jr, the Secretary of the Department of Education, said in a statement to The New York Times.
“We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence,” the report added.
Image: Restroom notice for all genders.
The decree comes after North Carolina and the U.S. Justice Department filed lawsuits against each other. The lawsuit aims to decide the law that requires individuals to use restrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate instead of the one they identify with.
The Justice Department argues that the controversial law violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, while North Carolina officials refute that claim.
Image: Funny photographic gender-neutral restroom argument.
“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,” a copy of the letter obtained by the New York Times states.