States vow to keep protecting transgender students after Trump rolls back rules

States vow to keep protecting transgender students after Trump rolls back rules
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[Ed. – It’s their prerogative and, more importantly, the general idea behind Trump’s rolling back the federal regulation.]

Several state and local officials wasted no time Wednesday night announcing they would keep enforcing bans against transgender discrimination in schools and make sure students can use bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Their announcement was a swift rebuttal to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind a federal policy created under former President Barack Obama that said school districts must protect transgender students.

“I will ensure … protections for transgender and gender non-conforming students are enforced fairly and vigorously,” Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.

Ferguson was one of three state attorneys general who told BuzzFeed News that while the federal government is stepping back, they will step up. “The civil rights of transgender individuals will continue to be protected under Washington state law,” Ferguson said, calling Trump’s decision “a disappointing step backward.”

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