President Trumps rescinds transgender order
Recently, President Donald Trump and his administration rescinded an executive order put in place by former President Barack Obama and his administration in May 2016, which protected transgender students in their schools. The executive order made it possible for transgender students in public institutions to choose which bathrooms and facilities correspond with their gender identities.
Former President Obama put his order into action during a legal battle with the state of North Carolina which passed a “bathroom bill,” that required people to use bathrooms based on their biological sex.
To show solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender community or LGBT community for short, the White House opened a bathroom that was described as the “all-gender” bathroom.
Former Attorney Loretta Lynch went on record saying, “There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex.”
Now, President Trump has taken that order away, sending transgender students back to the bathrooms that match their biological gender identities. The Trump administration sent out its first “Dear Colleague” letter which swiftly put an end to the executive order that former President Obama put into place and did not try to appease both sides. Many believe this new order put in place has an anti-LGBT undertone to it, even though President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy Devos promised to protect and uphold the values of the LGBT community.
However, CSC, Peru State College, Peru and Wayne State College, Wayne, have orders from Nebraska State College System Chancellor Stan Carpenter to continue following the policies that have already been put in place for the NSCS.
Chancellor Carpenter also made it clear that any discrimination or unlawful harassment is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. In closing, he encouraged any student who may feel discriminated against because of sexual orientation or gender identity to talk the Title IX coordinator on campus so the matter can be handled correctly.
What Chancellor Carpenter did was brave and should be respected by all students and faculty because it shows that he wants all students on campus to feel welcomed and not discriminated against or feel overlooked.
It shows that treating others equally and with respect is still a priority and needs to be shown to transgender students on campus. While many may not agree with what Chancellor Carpenter is doing, it is necessary for the advancement of the LGBT community as well as their safety.