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Trump annuls Obama rules on transgender bathrooms

Feb 23, 2017, 4:52 AM EST
(Source: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann/flickr)
(Source: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann/flickr)

President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday withdrew a set of federal guidelines that required public schools in the U.S. to allow transgender students unrestricted access to bathrooms and lockers that suited their gender identity. The annulment of the directives prompted fresh protests in front of the White House, where some 200 demonstrators raised slogans against Trump and waved rainbow flag, the symbol of L.G.B.T. community.

The reversal of a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama may further heighten the disharmony between social progressives and the believers of traditional values in America, notes Reuters.

Transgender advocates denounced the “mean-spirited attack,” while questioning the state’s legal rights to intervene in matters related to federal law and civil rights, writes The Guardian. Experts argued that lifting the guidelines cannot snatch away the rights of transgender students, as they have been recognized several times in the federal courts. 

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