Transgender activists and supporters protest near the White House [Image: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters].

When Donald Trump tried to ban people from seven mainly-Muslim countries from entering the United States, he had a flimsy excuse that he was countering terrorism.

What threat do transgender students pose to the people of the United States?

None, that I can see.

But Trump’s decision legitimises discrimination based on gender identity, so it seems the United States now poses a huge threat to its own transgender students.

The Trump administration has withdrawn a piece of federal guidance requiring transgender students to have unfettered access to bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity, in a move that could embolden many schools to restrict trans rights.

In doing so, the administration has signaled that it does not necessarily interpret current federal civil rights protections as prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.

Source: Trump administration rescinds Obama-era protections for transgender students | US news | The Guardian

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