This Wednesday, while speaking at a town hall event on PBS, President Barack Obama discussed the transgender bathroom policy issue, defending his order to public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms based on their gender identity.
Transgender kids shouldn’t be put in a vulnerable situation
While a lot of critics were targeted to the policy, he said that everything was based on the law and, of course, the best interests of children.
“What happened and what continues to happen is you have transgender kids in schools. And they get bullied. And they get ostracized. And it’s tough for them,” President Obama said, quoted by Fox News. “My best interpretation of what our laws and our obligations are is that we should try to accommodate these kids so that they are not in a vulnerable situation.”
The directive came on May 13, as the federal government ask public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that correspond with their identity, rather than the gender they had at birth. If any school failed to do this, the administration said they will cut federal funding.
A lot of states are suing the administration
Of course, it was just a matter of time until some people felt offended, claiming that the order was based on an interpretation of the Title IX directive, which forbids gender discrimination in education programs that benefit from federal funds. Even more, a few states decided that challenging the White House’s directive in court would be the best thing to do.
Kansas is planning to sue the Obama administration over this order, while Texas and 10 other states have already filed suits against the federal government.
“We should deal with this issue the same way we would want it dealt with if it was our child and that is to try to create an environment of some dignity and kindness for these kids,” President Obama said.