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Parents appeal to Trump over bathroom access for trans students

A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access is seen in the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina May 3, 2016.
A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access is seen in the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Hundreds of parents across the country are calling on President Donald Trump to embrace Obama-era protections for transgender students.

In a letter, sent to the president by the Human Rights Campaign late Tuesday, more than 780 parents stress that “all students deserve equal access to a safe, welcoming school and a high quality education no matter who they are.”

The call follows a decision by the Trump administration last week to abandon a defence of the guidelines issued by the Obama administration, which call for schools to let students use bathrooms according to their gender identity.

Parents of transgender students say that revoking that right amounts to discrimination. Conservative activists firmly oppose the idea, saying it endangers the privacy and safety of other students.

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