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Update: Trump Reverses Obama's Guidelines on Transgender Bathroom Rights

UPDATE: Trump Administration Revokes Trans Student Guidelines (Watch)

President Trump's administration is expected to reverse landmark guidelines put in place by the Obama administration protecting transgender students' right to use the bathroom that coincides with their gender identity. 

Related | Obama Administration Tells Schools to End Transgender Discrimination

The Obama administration invoked Title IX, which bans discrimination based on sex in education, in its guidelines, arguing that "a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”

According to a draft document obtained by Reuters, the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice have "decided to withdraw and rescind" the Obama guidelines, citing "significant litigation regarding school restrooms and locker rooms" and the "ambiguous" use and application of the term "sex."

"We are hearing that it will be rescinded today," Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told Reuters

This latest action to limit civil rights by President Trump and co. should come as no surprise as, during his highly divisive campaign, Trump wavered on where he stood on the issue. He initially supported trans people using the bathroom of their choice, but later backtracked, saying it should be up to the states.

Related | Here’s What We Can Do When the Trump Administration Challenges LGBTQ Rights

Obama's guidelines have been controversial from day one, with some 21 states, led by Texas, suing in opposition. Under the Trump administration's directives, those lawsuits will be moot, but there's still the case of Gavin Grimm, currently pending before the Supreme Court.

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