White House Gives Transgender Bathroom Directive to Schools
The White House is ordering every public school in the country to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their current gender identity.
The Obama Administration says it will issue guidance Friday, directing schools on the policies.
This comes as debate takes place around the country over which bathrooms transgender students should be allowed to use.
The joint letters from the U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department.
The directive is not a law, though federal officials believe bathroom rights fall under Title Nine- the federal anti-sex discrimination law in education.
But the message behind the letter is clear- the government wants schools to either follow its guidance, or face loss of federal funding.
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against North Carolina over its new state law requiring students to use the bathroom of their gender at birth.
North Carolina filed its own lawsuit against the DOJ in response.