By Analee Gentzel
February 23, 2017
The Trump administration is ready to repeal the anti-discrimination policy for transgender students set up by the Obama administration. The anti-discrimination policy allows transgender students the right to use the restroom of their gender identity. According to the New York Times, Education Secretary, Betsy Devos, infamously known for her lack of experience in an educational position, pushed to leave the policies as is but was overruled by President Trump.
The White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, told the press in a White House news conference that Devos was “100 percent” supportive of President Trump’s final decision. In order for the new policy to pass, it must go through the Education and Justice departments. Jeff Sessions, attorney general, however has opposing views of Ms. Devos. During their meeting to sign the order, Mr. Sessions fought Ms. Devos on the policy because without her sign off, they cannot move forward on the policy.
While going through her nomination for her position, Besty Devos was questioned on her views of the LGBT community. In a press conference, Democrats questioned the consistent funding her relatives give towards anti-LGBT causes. To which she responded that she tries not to discuss the issue with that side of the family due to their opposing views.
“I fully embrace equality, and I believe in the innate value of every single human being, and that all students, no matter what age, should be able to attend a school and feel safe and be free from discrimination,” said Betsy Devos in response to a question referring to her views on the LGBT community.
A draft of the policy was made up and displays quite a cut back in the laws protecting transgender students. Devos did make sure the policy still included protection for transgender students against bullying. She voiced her concern for the highs rate of suicide among the transgender population saying, “Schools must ensure that transgender students, like all students, are able to learn in a safe environment.”
Despite, the approving signals Trump has give during his campaign in support of the LGBT community, his views in office have been consistent when referring to social issues.
However, the Department of Justice is anxious to move forward on revising the transgender policy to hopefully avoid any confusion as it passes through the courts.