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Transgender bathroom issue hits home in Berks

The Trump administration is repealing guidelines set forth by President Obama regarding transgender students using bathrooms in public schools.

Those guidelines said transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender.

The Trump administration said Wednesday that this is something that should be dealt with on a state-by-state basis and not be federally regulated.

"I've made this clear, and the president's made it clear throughout the campaign, that he's a firm believer in states' rights, and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level," said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary.

Local LGBT rights groups said they are furious.

"The action yesterday that the administration took is mean-spirited in its attempt to deny the health, safety and education of transgender students across America," said Adrian Shanker, the executive director of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.

Some parents are on opposite sides of the issue.

"They can use any bathroom they want to use as long as my kids aren't in it," said parent Ryan Frey, who has a 12-year-old daughter in the sixth grade.

Frey said, for him, it's a safety issue.

"With my daughter being in school, and I don't want boys just coming into the same bathroom that my daughter's in. She's 12 years old and I think that's unsafe," he said.

Others said Trump should consider the students.

"I think it just adds to more confusion for them and it makes their life more difficult," said a Berks County mom.


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