Transgender, LGBT Rights: What’s Next In The Debate?

Teri Webster - Author

May 23 2016, Updated 4:14 a.m. ET

Transgender and LGBT rights issues have ignited a national debate so big that it raises the question of what’s next.

President Barack Obama set off a firestorm last week by recommending public schools allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice. The move came shortly after North Carolina lawmakers approved HB2. The law mandates that people use whatever bathroom corresponds to their birth gender.

Reactions have been strong by people on both sides of the issue.

Some Oklahoma state lawmakers are calling for Obama’s impeachment. LGBT activists pressured a Virginia college to fire a staffer for making an off-color remark. On Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives helped defeat legislation to protect LGBT people who work for government contractors.

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Supporters say allowing transgender people to use the rest room of their choice is a show of respect and kindness. Transgender people can face workplace discrimination, difficulty in obtaining identification documents, and bullying and violence.


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