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Obama administration issued guidance to schools Friday, saying they must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
The administration acknowledges this is “new terrain” for some people and says it wants to help school districts avoid running afoul of civil rights law.
The Department of Justice is already in a legal fight with North Carolina over its so-called bathroom law. By reaching out to all 50 states, the administration appears to be upping the ante.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch — a North Carolina native — called the law discriminatory. “We see you, we stand with you,” she said, speaking directly to transgender people, “and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.”
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