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Transgender Sister of Trump Inauguration Singer Gets Favorable Ruling in Court

03 March 2017
Transgender Sister of Trump Inauguration Singer Gets Favorable Ruling in Court

The Obama administration letter guiding schools on to how the Departments of Justice and Education would interpret federal nondiscrimination statutes under Title IX was released almost a month later.

Tom Kopp, superintendent of Keshequa Central School, echoed Cole's comments "as representative of Keshequa's position".

"When working with individual students who are discovering who they are or students who are experiencing challenges, we work with them and their families to ensure a supportive environment", Alioto said.

"The Departments treat a student's gender identity as the student's sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations".

Hornak stopped short of concluding that the students also enjoyed protection under Title IX, a law that grants protections on the basis of sex in education.

The White House announced February 21 it was withdrawing Obama's May 2016 "guidance" edict ordering us schools to allow gender-confused boys to use girls' restrooms, locker rooms and overnight accommodations, and vice versa, or risk losing federal funding.

But he was elected with the support of conservatives, many of whom are committed to Obama-era protections for LGBT people - especially those who are transgender. On Monday, a federal judge issued a ruling to stand in place as the case gets worked out in court: Juliet and the other plaintiffs may use the bathrooms for their chosen genders, according to The Washington Post. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos resisted signing off [CreditDoug Mills/The N.Y. Times].

"The guidance issued by the previous administration has given rise to several legal questions. In August of 2016, the Texas court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of the interpretation, and that nationwide injunction has not been overturned", it said.

"In Pennsylvania it's a local decision", she said.

The new guidance released Wednesday rescinds the May 2016 guidance as well as a January 2015 letter to Emily Prince from James Ferg-Cadima, who was then the acting deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

The ruling is significant after the Trump administration recently rescinded guidance instructing schools that they must allow transgender kids to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity and litigation filed by transgender student Gavin Grimm, who is suing to use the boys' room in his school in Gloucester County, Va.

Superintendent Joseph Mancini of the Ellwood City School District said he is also following the issue closely although the district has not dealt with any transgender issues yet. The teens, all of them seniors in the Pine-Richland School District of Pennsylvania, had been allowed access to the restroom of their choice until last year, according toThe Daily Beast, without incident.One year ago, the parent of a student reportedly complained, and the district superintendent chose to formally address the issue.

John Ellis, the school's counselor, said the withdrawal of the guidance will not change the school's operation at all. Now students are required to use restrooms that match the sex they were assigned at birth.