In her weekly briefing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a masterclass on handling critics of President-Elect Joe Biden‘s plans to make schools more gender inclusive.
A Christian News Service pool reporter asked:
Joe Biden says he’ll give transgender students access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance to their gender identity in all federally funded schools. Does he have the power to unilaterally do this, and do you agree?
Pelosi didn’t miss a beat:
Yes, and I think he does.
Boom! Next question. Of course, religious conservatives and anti-trans commenters went bananas. Via The Advocate:
During his campaign, President-elect Biden promised to reinstate the Obama guidelines and make sure to protect trans kids’ rights. Even if he didn’t, the Supreme Court ruled this year that anti-transgender discrimination is a form of sex discrimination and thus illegal.
Experts agree that Pelosi is “absolutely right” in saying that Biden has the power to protect trans youth. “The Supreme Court was abundantly clear when it found sex discrimination laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, exactly as Title IX does,” Gillian Branstetter, a spokesperson for the National Women’s Law Center, told the Washington Blade.
A new era dawns!
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