White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shut down a Fox Radio reporter who questioned President Biden’s commitment to transgender rights, specifically about whether transgender students should be allowed to participate in school sports.
“Trans rights are human rights,” Psaki said, firmly ending the discussion.
The reporter with Fox Radio asked Psaki about the executive order Biden signed on his first day in office directing federal agencies to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which determined anti-LGBTQ discrimination is a form sex discrimination.
“All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation,” the order read.
The Fox Radio reporter claimed that the executive order could lead to situations where “trans girls and cis girls…may end up competing against each other” and “lawsuits and some concerns among parents.”
Psaki affirmed she’s “familiar with the order.”
When the Fox Radio reporter clarified the inquiry was seeking “a message for local schools officials” on disputes that includes situations where students are competing for college scholarships, Psaki held firm.
“I would just say that the president’s belief is that trans rights and human rights, and that’s why he signed that executive order,” Psaki said. “In terms of the determinations by universities and colleges, I would certainly defer to them.”
As the Washington Blade notes, the executive order signed explicitly states kids in should be able to go to school without being “denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.” The Department of Education has yet to issue guidance on this order as it pertains to school sports.
"The president's belief is that trans rights are human rights" — Jen Psaki pic.twitter.com/8VOMcN4XoR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 9, 2021