Transgender students in New York won't lose any protections created under Obama-era regulations, despite the Trump administration's roll-back of the policy Wednesday night, a spokesperson for the state’s attorney general said.
“If President Trump withdraws Obama administration’s guidance, transgender students will still be protected by Title IX and its implementing regulations, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex,” said Amy Spitalnick, a spokesperson for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D). “Additionally, our state law protections are independent from federal law — for example, the Dignity of All Students Act.”
“The Attorney General will continue to ensure that Title IX and New York’s own civil rights protections are enforced, because we know that policies that ensure equality for transgender New Yorkers promote safe and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities — benefiting everyone,” the statement concludes.
On Wednesday night, the Trump administration rolled back regulations created by his predecessor to protect transgender students across the country.
The guidelines allow for children at public schools to use bathrooms and other facilities based on their gender identities.
Citing the need to consider the legal issues of the regulations, the Department of Justice and Department of Education released new guidance withdrawing the policies on Wednesday evening.