US President Donald Trump has removed federal protection of transgender public school students and Caitlyn Jenner is not about it.
Former President Barack Obama introduced federal guidelines for transgender children’s use of bathrooms in public schools. Now President Trump has reversed that decision, leaving each state to decide on their own transgender bathroom policies.
Jenner took to Twitter to express her dismay:
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017
Shortly after Jenner’s tweet the White House held a press conference to discuss the decision, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying the issue would be better handled by each state because there were “procedural issues” with Obama’s initiative to give transgender children the right to use the bathroom of their choice.
He also said there wasn’t an adequate “comment period” by teachers and other experts on the initiative.
“As I mentioned, it’s a state-right issue,” Spicer said. “I think we do have to recognise that children do enjoy rights from anti-bullying statutes that are in almost every state. And that there’s a difference between being compassionate for individuals and children who are struggling with something and wanting to make sure they are protected, and that being done, and I think that the President has a big heart as we’ve talked about in a lot of other issues and there’s a big difference.
“Personally he addressed this issue when it came up with respect to one of his properties but he also believes that’s not a Federal Government issue. It’s an issue left to the state.”