State Sen. Toni Atkins spoke to the crowd of tens of thousands before the Women's March. Photo by Chris Stone
State Sen. Toni Atkins at the Women’s March in San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

State Sen. Toni Atkins and Assemblymember Todd Gloria blasted the Trump administration’s rollback Wednesday of Obama-era protections for transgender students.

“That the president would attempt to roll back basic civil rights for transgender students is unsurprising, but still infuriating,” Atkins said in a statement. “It shows that he either doesn’t understand — or simply doesn’t care — that what’s he’s doing is akin to telling girls that they have to use the boys’ bathroom, and vice versa.”

“The President and his administration opted to turn their backs on the approximately 150,000 young people who are transgender,” said Gloria. “There is absolutely no excuse that could justify rescinding protections for innocent children.”

The Department of Justice and the Department of Education rescinded Obama-era rules that required public schools to allow students to use bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identities. However, the administration said that schools still must ensure that LGBT students are safe from bullying and discrimination.

Despite the new rules, “California will not go back,” Atkins said. “We will continue be a source of compassion and remain free of mean-spirited prejudice.”

The districts represented by Atkins and Gloria cover most of the City of San Diego and nearby coastal areas.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.