US states sue federal govt over transgender bathroom use


WASHINGTON, DC: Eleven US states are suing the federal government over guidelines telling public schools to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, in a major challenge to the government’s interpretation of anti-discrimination legislation. Wednesday’s move led by Texas escalates a national feud over a lightning rod issue both for transgender people and for conservatives who see growing official acceptance of these rights as a threat. Writing to public school districts and universities on May 13, the US departments of Justice and Education set guidelines on creating a safe environment for transgender students. Building on existing laws against sexual discrimination, the letter asks schools to let youths use the bathroom matching their gender identity—rather than the sex on their birth certificate.



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