Transgender students applaud directive on bathroom access
Kentucky high school sophomore Irene Sizemore hopes a new White House directive means she can start using the school bathroom consistent with her gender identity.
The 16-year-old Sizemore said Friday she has been forced to use the boys’ bathroom at her public school in Louisville, or avoid using the restroom all day.
Sizemore – assigned male at birth – says that using the boys’ restroom when she considers herself female is "weird," and signals a lack of acceptance of her self-identity.
The directive from President Barack Obama’s administration says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity.
The action is being condemned by some of Kentucky’s Republican leaders.
Gov. Matt Bevin calls it an "absurd federal overreach" that will divide the country.