Derby School District votes to force transgender students to use the bathroom they identify with at birth
In May of 2016 the Obama administration sent a letter of guidance to every public school district stating transgender students should be able to use the bathroom they identify with
The Trump administration recently withdrew the letter of guidance
Derby School District held a 5-2 vote on Monday that no longer allows transgender students to use the bathroom they identify with
The Republican-led State of Kansas has been a fierce opponent to transgender students being allowed to use the bathroom they identify to, instead of their gender at birth.
In May of 2016, the Obama administration sent out a guidance letter to every public school district to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
The guidance letter was a joint effort by the Department of Justice and Department of Education to ensure “that all students … can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex.”
Just days ago, the Trump administration withdrew the guidance letter, removing the federal guidelines set to protect transgender students from discrimination at school.
In Kansas, Derby High School began allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponded with their gender identity. The school received backlash from some parents, members of the community, and even politicians.
The common argument against allowing the use of gender identity bathrooms is that it puts other student’s privacy at risk. However, those making this argument have failed miserably at putting any actual evidence behind the claim.
When the Trump administration withdrew their letter of guidance, the Derby School District wasted no time before reevaluating their current policy. The Board members held a 5-2 vote for reversing the current transgender bathroom policy.
Board members Rick Coleman, Jose Martinez, Carolyn Muehring, Tina Prunier and Janet Sprecker, voted for repealing the current policy and forcing transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender from birth.
Board president Matt Hoag and vice president Matthew Joyce voted against changing the current policy for transgender students.
Kansas has long been forced into giving the perception that the people hold the same diluted and outdated ethical beliefs as their draconian lawmakers. Now that Kansas lawmakers have the Trump administration backing their far right ideologies, it should be interesting to see what the future of Kansas holds.