>> The Trump administration expected to roll back Obama-era protections for transgender students. According to a draft document seen on Wednesday by Reuters, the Justice and Education Departments are reviewing current federal guidelines issued to public schools. Which instruct them to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their gender identity.
Reuters reporter Daniel Trotta has extensively covered the transgender community for Reuters.>> Conservatives have argued against the Obama rules for a couple of reasons. One is state's rights. They think this is an overreach by the federal government, telling states what they should do.>> The President's made it clear throughout the campaign that he is a firm believer in state's rights.
And that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level.>> The other is more a social argument. They raise concerns that men and boys will claim that they are transgender in order to harass or spy on women and girls in the public restroom.
Advocates and experts on this subject say that's not an issue. It virtually never happens and there are very few, if any, documented cases.>> Shame, shame!>> Advocacy groups also argue that federal law and civil rights are matters for the federal government to enforce, not the states. The Supreme Court could weigh in on this issue as a case due to be argued in March will seek to answer whether the federal law known as Title 9, which bands sex discrimination in education, also applies to a person's gender identity.