In response to the Trump administration’s rollback of an Obama-era regulation extending certain protections to trans students on Wednesday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued an urgent message to all transgender students that his state will continue to protect all transgender students.
“If President Trump withdraws Obama administration’s guidance, transgender students will still be protected by Title IX and its implementing regulations, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex,” said Amy Spitalnick, a spokesperson for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Additionally, our state law protections are independent from federal law — for example, the Dignity of All Students Act.”
“The Attorney General will continue to ensure that Title IX and New York’s own civil rights protections are enforced, because we know that policies that ensure equality for transgender New Yorkers promote safe and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities — benefiting everyone,” the statement concludes.
On Wednesday, Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued new guidance rolling back the policies, citing a need to further consider the legal issues.