By: Gabriela Santana
Supported by the Obama administration, but not made into Federal Law, the Transgender Access Laws are a set of state frameworks which are aimed to give transgender students the right to access their schools’ bathrooms and locker rooms which match their gender identity.
While there has been a lot to argue, for and against, the recent administration is against the Access Laws. President Trump revoked the previous guidelines on February 22th. All the eyes are now on Gavin Grimm, a junior in Gloucester High School in southeastern Virginia, whose lawsuit against his school district is going to be heard in Washington at the end of March. This lawsuit is fundamental, as it could become a wide-ranging guideline on transgender rights for the United States.
Until then, president Trump’s repeal of the previous guidelines leaves each state to decide. So far, many states are drafting bills to prohibit transgender people to use the bathroom, while others have embraced the previous administration’s guidelines.
Schools, on the other hand, have been in the center the controversy. In Chicago, for example, transgender students have been asked to use different changing and bathroom facilities raising an issue over discrimination similar to the “Colored Restrooms” in the 1950’s.
While uncertainty surrounds what will happen in Washington on March, most transgender students nation-wide must feel comfortable to be protected in an educational system that is structured to bring the best of their students, regardless of their gender identity.