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Washington - NY Times: U.S. To Issue Decree On Transgender Access To School Restrooms

Published on: May 12, 2016 09:26 PM
Last updated on: May 12, 2016 10:08 PM
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Washington - The Obama administration will issue a sweeping decree on Friday telling every U.S. public school district to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

The letter, signed by officials from the Education and Justice departments, does not have the force of law but contains an implicit threat that schools which do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.

“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

“This guidance gives administrators, teachers, and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies,” she said.

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The move comes as the Obama administration and North Carolina battle in federal court over a state law passed in March that limits public bathroom access for transgender people.

By passing the law, North Carolina became the first state in the country to ban people from using multiple occupancy restrooms or changing rooms in public buildings and schools that do not match the sex on their birth certificate.

“No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus,” Education Secretary John King Jr. said in a statement.

“We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence,” he said.

The Obama administration letter will say schools may not require transgender students to have a medical diagnosis, undergo any medical treatment, or produce a birth certificate or other document before treating them according to their gender identity.

Americans are divided over how public restrooms should be used by transgender people, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, with 44 percent saying people should use them according to their biological sex and 39 percent saying they should be used according to the gender with which they identify.



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 May 12, 2016 at 09:32 PM Anonymous Says:

What a great country we live in

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 May 12, 2016 at 10:34 PM Curiosity Says:

Instead of addressing real issues like isis, porous borders, Iran, energy independence, our vulnerable power grid, Russian expansionism, and drug cartels taking over our southern neighbors, the leftists choose to focus on things that affect less than half of one percent of the people in this country. If that isn't pure stupidity and incompetence, I don't know what is.

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 May 12, 2016 at 10:36 PM ahyid Says:

Make men use the ladies room and woman the men's room? I don't think that the world was this bad in the times of the mabul. As we all know those days were bad.

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 May 13, 2016 at 12:44 AM blank space Says:

sick US values, really sickos taking over....

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 May 13, 2016 at 02:35 AM Anonymous Says:

Did you know that Obama is really a woman dressed as a man -well not really a man, but better not to be said here.

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 May 13, 2016 at 07:58 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #3  
ahyid Says:

Make men use the ladies room and woman the men's room? I don't think that the world was this bad in the times of the mabul. As we all know those days were bad.

The difference is that the mabul was an age of Chamas. These transgressions, while wrong, are out of a misplaced desire to treat everyone equally. The intention is different. They are wring but not trying to harm people.

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 May 13, 2016 at 08:10 AM AlbertEinstein Says:

Reply to #3  
ahyid Says:

Make men use the ladies room and woman the men's room? I don't think that the world was this bad in the times of the mabul. As we all know those days were bad.

It was actually a lot worse at the time of the mabul. Unfortunately, Western society is slowly approaching the same situation:

Bereishis Rabba 26:5

Rabbi Huna in the name of Rebbi said, “the generation of the flood was not eradicated from the world until they wrote marriage contracts for homosexuality and bestiality.”

Hashem Yerachem.

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 May 13, 2016 at 09:44 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #2  
Curiosity Says:

Instead of addressing real issues like isis, porous borders, Iran, energy independence, our vulnerable power grid, Russian expansionism, and drug cartels taking over our southern neighbors, the leftists choose to focus on things that affect less than half of one percent of the people in this country. If that isn't pure stupidity and incompetence, I don't know what is.

And those leftists struggled to win all of us our rights to reasonable accommodation for religious practices...while addressing the cold war, a nuclear arms race, the Nigerian civil war, the Pathet Lao, the war in Viet Nam, aid to Israel during the '67 and '73 wars, freedom for Soviet Jewry, the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, etc. Gee, imagine that.

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 May 13, 2016 at 09:55 AM Tsfat-Breslover-Kotzker Says:

Thank you for the erev shabbos gift.
This article makes me even more happy that i made aliyah.
Yes i am charedi. But better to live with Israeli mishagas then US disgusting mortality.
I never ever thought I'd say those words.
After 5 years I'm sure.
To all my chevah in NY run while you can.

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 May 13, 2016 at 10:50 AM allmark Says:

A great deal of this can be laid at the feet of Shelly Silver. Had he prevented the NY legislature legalizing immoral marriages, it might well have stopped the movement in its tracks. It must also be laid at the feet of the many frum institutions that continued to honor him because funding was more important than morality.

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 May 13, 2016 at 10:53 AM Esther Says:

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Phineas Says:

The difference is that the mabul was an age of Chamas. These transgressions, while wrong, are out of a misplaced desire to treat everyone equally. The intention is different. They are wring but not trying to harm people.

By trying to accommodate these people,others will be harmed. Men don't belong in a women's bathroom and visa versa. When we're kind t those we should be cruel to......

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 May 13, 2016 at 10:55 AM Esther Says:

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yonasonw Says:

And those leftists struggled to win all of us our rights to reasonable accommodation for religious practices...while addressing the cold war, a nuclear arms race, the Nigerian civil war, the Pathet Lao, the war in Viet Nam, aid to Israel during the '67 and '73 wars, freedom for Soviet Jewry, the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, etc. Gee, imagine that.

You forgot to add transgender bathroom facilitation to your list!

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 May 13, 2016 at 12:20 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #9  
Tsfat-Breslover-Kotzker Says:

Thank you for the erev shabbos gift.
This article makes me even more happy that i made aliyah.
Yes i am charedi. But better to live with Israeli mishagas then US disgusting mortality.
I never ever thought I'd say those words.
After 5 years I'm sure.
To all my chevah in NY run while you can.

...why don't you surrender your American citizenship...ingrate.

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 May 13, 2016 at 12:29 PM yonasonw Says:

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Esther Says:

You forgot to add transgender bathroom facilitation to your list!

No Esther...that's today's news.

But, I don't suppose you or others posting here have ever had a neighbor with a child who was expressively transgender beginning well before age 3...or as part of your job, addressing juvenile justice issues, have learned about the suicide rate among young transgender youth who have been rejected and thrown out of their homes...by parents with attitudes well in line with the heiliche VIN majority.

I have no in as to what is Hashem's purpose here...but I do know that fearful, hateful treatment of transgender people cannot be right.

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 May 13, 2016 at 01:53 PM sseimb Says:

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yonasonw Says:

...why don't you surrender your American citizenship...ingrate.

You should be proud of him instead of calling him an ingrate, what are you proud of? That you live in chutz l'aaretz? Are you warped? & why should he give up his us citizenship and not collect ss if he worked like a chamor & paid into it? You need your head examined by a therapist, by a rabbi.

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 May 13, 2016 at 02:34 PM yonasonw Says:

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sseimb Says:

You should be proud of him instead of calling him an ingrate, what are you proud of? That you live in chutz l'aaretz? Are you warped? & why should he give up his us citizenship and not collect ss if he worked like a chamor & paid into it? You need your head examined by a therapist, by a rabbi.

...and I am also proud to be a citizen of this country...if you are not...you have no appreciation for the refuge this country has been for us.

My father, a German Jewish refugee from Hitler, was an American combat surgeon in WWII...he met my mother in the Army, in which she served as a Nurse...my son was in the Army from 2002 - 2006...I served in the Military Sea Transport Service in the late 60s. So, yeah, I'm frum, I learn, I am a Zionist, I have family in Eretz Yisroel, I work for law enforcement...and I am proud to be an American.

Ignorant ingrate.

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 May 13, 2016 at 03:55 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #15  
sseimb Says:

You should be proud of him instead of calling him an ingrate, what are you proud of? That you live in chutz l'aaretz? Are you warped? & why should he give up his us citizenship and not collect ss if he worked like a chamor & paid into it? You need your head examined by a therapist, by a rabbi.

...and by the way smartbutt - One would not forfeit Social Security benefits by denouncing citizenship.

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 May 13, 2016 at 06:07 PM smartie Says:

Decrees, is this czarist Russia???

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