States vow to keep protecting transgender students after Trump rolls back federal rules

“I will ensure … protections for transgender and gender non-conforming students are enforced fairly and vigorously,” Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.

Ferguson was one of three state attorneys general who told BuzzFeed News that while the federal government is stepping back, they will step up. “The civil rights of transgender individuals will continue to be protected under Washington state law,” Ferguson said, calling Trump’s decision “a disappointing step backward.”

Likewise, Superintendent Michelle King of the Los Angeles School District said the California Education Code and district policies will still “permit pupils to use facilities consistent with one’s identity.”

“Transgender students,” she said in a statement, “will remain protected regardless of the new directive by the Trump administration pertaining to access to restrooms and locker rooms.”