Locals Denounce Transgender Bathroom Directive Reversal

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 17:43:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- A local LGBT support group is speaking out after the Trump administration revoked a directive to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their chosen gender identity.

The guidelines were introduced during the Obama administration, with the justice and education departments advising school districts across the country to protect trans students against discrimination.

But Wednesday, the Trump administration stated that policy about transgender bathrooms should be decided at state and local levels.

PFLAG Tallahassee says this reversal puts these students in even more danger.

In a statement, "Equality Florida" says the president "has put an even bigger target on the backs of children who already face tremendous levels of bullying and harassment."

The Florida Democratic Party expressed displeasure with the Trump administration's decision about the rollback. Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus President Terry Fleming issued the following statement:

“Democrats believe that everyone should be treated fairly with the respect and dignity they deserve — especially our students. Every child deserves to be able go to school without fear of being bullied and harassed. The Florida Democratic Party will always stand up for transgender students and Donald Trump’s attempts to turn the clock back on civil rights will be defeated.”