U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he delivers a statement on the economy at the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 6, 2016.
The Obama administration has issued a directive requiring all public schools in the United States to allow transgender students access to single sex bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, and at least one state has indicated that it will contest the order.
(Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California, September 30, 2014. The University of California will designate gender-neutral restrooms at its 10 campuses to accommodate transgender students, in a move that may be the first of its kind for a system of colleges in the United States.
Leaders at the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice will issue a guidance Friday telling public school districts across the country that they must treat students in a manner that is consistent with the with their chosen gender identity.
Associated Press reports that all that a student has to do to declare himself as a gender different than his biological sex, is have a parent or guardian call and notify his or her school district that the student’s identity “differs from previous representations or records.” No medical diagnosis or documents are needed to prove a transgender identity.