May 28, 2019

SCOTUS leaves transgender students' use of school facilities intact

In this image, a transgender pride flag is waved while others hold signs that read "protect trans students"

LGBTQ activists and supporters rally at New York City Hall on Oct. 24, 2018. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Supreme Court left in place on Tuesday a Pennsylvania high school policy that allows transgender students to use locker rooms and restrooms that match their gender identity.

Why it matters: The decision to leave the school district's policy intact runs counter to the Trump administration's removal of Title IX protections for transgender youth, which ensured they had access to bathrooms and facilities of their choice.

The big picture: Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed eliminating protections for transgender people established under the Affordable Care Act — one of the administration's latest moves to restrict LGBTQ protections.

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