Donald Trump’s decision to lift the guidelines issued by the Obama government allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, has caused much consternation and wailing about the rights of transgender students.
However, when you look at the impact of lifting this guidance, it’s hard to see what there was for people to get quite so het up about. Firstly, the original guidelines had absolutely no legal force whatsoever, therefore as ever, the decision seems to be indicative of Trump’s usual style; it’s enough to please his supporters and establish his conservative credentials but doesn’t change a lot in practical terms.
For example, when the original guidance from Obama was issued, the state of Texas put a temporary hold on it, after 13 states sued. What the lifting of the guidance has done, is introduce a sensible level of subsidiarity, noting that this is an issue best dealt…
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