Poll Context: The Obama administration is stepping up the fight for transgender bathroom equality with sweeping new guidelines for public schools across the country that they should allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. The letter, first reported by the New York Times, does not impose any new legal requirements, but officials say the guidance is meant to clarify school districts’ obligations to provide students with nondiscriminatory environments. Schools refusing to comply could face lawsuits of the loss of federal funds.
On Monday, the Justice Department and North Carolina exchanged lawsuits over that state’s new law on bathroom use by transgender people.
“This is about the dignity and respect that we accord our fellow citizens and the laws we have enacted as a country to protect them and to protect us,” U.S. Attorney General Lynch said after the federal suit was filed.