Trumps latest rollback on rights for the transgender community come as Obama introduced protections for transgender prison inmates in US jails have been removed with an inmate’s biological sex to be used to decide where transgender prisoners are housed.
The change in guidelines were announced on Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
First published by Buzzfeed News:
The policy apparently gives federal officials, for example, more leeway to place transgender women in cells alongside men—a circumstance that transgender advocates argue leaves transgender inmates vulnerable to violence and rape.
A Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman later told media that the new policy takes into account the needs of all federal prisoners “and articulates the balance of safety needs of transgender inmates as well as other inmates.”
The Trump administration is currently trying to stop transgender people from serving in the US Military for the second time since he took office in 2016, rewriting Federal rule that stopped doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against a person based gender identity, and his administration has revoked guidance to US public schools that allowed transgender students the use of toilets matching their gender identity.