This blog is dedicated to shedding light on the recent transgender bathroom debate. Our goal is to argue for the right of all transgender students in the United States to use the bathroom of their choice. The controversial issue of allowing transgender students to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify, rather than the bathroom of the gender with which they were born, dates back to the early 2010s. Debate recently arose again when the North Carolina passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act in March of 2016. This act states that people may only use restrooms that correspond to their biological sex as written on their birth certificates. Former President Barack Obama overrode this act several months later, citing that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex, which extends to issues of gender identity.
However, just several weeks ago President Donald Trump rescinded the Obama administration’s decision, opting to leave the decision up to individual school districts. We believe that the rescinding of this protection for school bathrooms is a major setback for transgender rights. In our future blog posts, we will oppose President Trump’s decision and argue that all students in America, regardless of their school district, should be able to use the bathroom of their choice.