PJI Comment on DOJ Move to Protect Student Bathroom Privacy

Washington, DC–Last Friday, President Trump’s Department of Justice announced that it would respect the nationwide injunction against the Obama Administration’s attempt to force all public schools to throw open bathroom and locker room doors to biologically opposite-sex students.

“We salute President Trump’s actions to restore the privacy and dignity of those in public schools. While communities should work to accommodate the needs of all students, including those with Gender Identity Dysphoria, Obama’s extreme mandate jeopardized the privacy rights of virtually every student in public schools.  No teenager in a locker room should ever have to worry about suddenly being visually violated by someone of the opposite biological sex while changing their clothes or showering,” said Brad Dacus, president and founder of Pacific Justice Institute.

The injunction was originally issued by a federal court in Texas and had been on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The appeal had been taken by the Obama administration to defend their understanding of Title IX protections.  Last week’s move means the appeal will not go forward, and the injunction remains in place.