Dem senator: Trump thinks LGBT stands for 'Let’s Go Back in Time'
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Sen. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeyUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally MORE (D-Mass.) blasted the president after Trump withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students, saying Trump thinks LGBT stands for “Let’s Go Back in Time.”

“President Trump seems to think #LGBT stands for Let's Go Back in Time. He's wrong,” Markey said in a Facebook post Wednesday night. “We stand with our transgender brothers and sisters in the fight to defend progress. All students deserve to feel safe and valued for who who they are. Shame on you, President Trump. #protecttranskids”

Markey was one of many Democrats to slam the president after the Trump administration revoked regulations from former President Obama aimed at protecting transgender students at public schools across the country.

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The Department of Justice and Department of Education released guidance late Wednesday rolling back the rules, citing the need for consideration over legal issues.

The Obama administration guidelines required public schools to allow students to use bathrooms and other facilities based on their gender identity.

In a statement on the move, the Trump administration said public schools will still ensure that LGBT students are protected from bullying and discrimination. However, the administration questioned whether transgender protections fell under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.