Until Sunday, August 21st, the Obama administration was working on a set of guidelines to help accommodate transgender students in public schools. However, a federal court has disallowed these proposed rules from officially moving forward.
The guidelines had a goal of protecting students who are transgender, by supporting the need to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, fostering a safe classroom environment, and more.
Texas, leading the ban of these guidelines with 13 other states, argued that the Obama administration was overstepping their power by trying to implement these rules. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor said these proposed mandates would only increase fear and distraction in the upcoming school year.
Despite the decision, many civil rights groups agree that while this may be one step back for transgender youth, the fight for equality will certainly continue.