Rep. Maloney Statement on Obama Administration Directive on Transgender Bathroom Access in Public Schools

May 13, 2016
Press Release

Today, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice issued a “Dear Colleague” letter to inform schools of their Title IX obligations with regard to transgender students, including a notice that schools must allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker room facilities consistent with their gender identity. In response to this stance for transgender rights, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement:

“I am proud that the New York City Department of Education already has a policy in place to guarantee that students are allowed to use restrooms that conform to their gender identity, supporting and protect their students by providing a learning environment that is safe and respectful to all sexes and gender identities. Today’s guidance from the Obama administration makes clear that discrimination against transgender students violates their civil rights, and sends a message to transgender youth nationwide that they have the right to be treated fairly and respected by their schools. I hope other cities and states will follow the example of New York City – it is up to us to ensure that students feel welcomed and safe in their schools so that they have the room to grow and learn with their peers.”