Obama Administration Makes Huge Step in Transgender Bathroom Fight

May 13th 2016

Taylor Bell

The Obama Administration is planning to issue national guidelines to all public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity, the New York Times reports.


The administration plans to send a letter to all schools on Friday with details about how to protect transgender students. The letter will be signed by the United States Justice Department and Department of Education, and schools that do not comply with the letter could stand to face a lawsuit and or loss of federal aid, the Times reports.

This comes just days after the Justice Department ruled that the the North Carolina HB 2 Law violated the U.S. Civil Rights Act, which protects people from being discriminated against based on their gender identity, among other things. North Carolina's highly controversial law states that transgender people must use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender they were assigned at birth, and prevents local governments from passing anti-discriminatory protections for people in the LGBT community.

Bathroom Sign

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has since filed a lawsuit against the federal government.

The Obama Administration is making a strong statement in support of LGBT rights.

John B. King Jr.

“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 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.”

This wouldn't be the first time the president has taken a stand on this subject. In April, the president condemned North Carolina's HB 2 law as well as other anti-LGBT laws in Mississippi.