Obama administration to issue guidelines to all public schools allowing transgender access to restrooms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WNCT) – A new development in part related to North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 law.

The Obama Administration will issue a decree Friday to all public school districts in the country that forces them to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their chosen gender identity.

The letter signed by the Department of Justice and education official is designed to make sure that no students face discrimination and will describe how schools should make changes which include installing privacy curtains or allowing students to change in bathroom stalls.

Those districts that do not comply might face lawsuits or lose federal money. This all comes after administration officials said they would not withhold any money from North Carolina while the legal fight plays out.

In the letter obtained by the New York Times, the White House maintains the following: “The desire to accommodate others’ discomfort cannot justify a policy that singles out and disadvantages a particular class of students.”

In response, a spokesperson for the governor issued this statement: “As Governor McCrory has said all along, his administration’s assertive action against Washington’s overreach will protect federal funding for schools and other services while allowing the courts to resolve this issue.”

The guidance comes as the federal government is tangled in three lawsuits in North Carolina, where state officials have claimed transgender people pose a safety threat in restroom and locker rooms.

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