By TIMOTHY POTTERPublished September 07, 2018 07:01:01The White House has put forward an executive order to protect transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and public schools.
The order, which President Donald Trump announced Thursday, calls for the establishment of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) to coordinate federal investigations of discrimination and harassment against transgender Americans.
The new order says the Office of Civil Rights will report to the Secretary of Education.
The NCTE will oversee the Department’s work on a national approach to LGBT issues, and it will coordinate with the Office for Human Rights and Civil Rights of the White House Office of Management and Budget to make sure that the federal government takes steps to ensure all Americans are treated equally under the law.
The White, House Office on Human Rights released the new order Thursday afternoon.
The order says that while the White house is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure the rights of LGBT Americans are protected, the Trump Administration is determined to “work collaboratively with all civil rights and civil liberties groups to address these important and pressing issues.”
This includes developing a framework for an approach that protects the rights and freedoms of all Americans, the order states.
“It is our belief that it is time to address the issues that are most important to the LGBT community, and that includes the protection of transgender Americans from discrimination and from violence,” the White, Senate Office of Public Affairs said in a statement Thursday.
“We have long recognized the importance of addressing the challenges faced by the LGBT Community and working with civil rights leaders, including civil rights organizations, to ensure our efforts are guided by our values and principles,” it added.
“Transgender Americans face an uphill battle to receive equal treatment under the laws of their home state, and the Trump adminstration is committed on behalf of our nation to address this challenge.”
The Trump administration has been taking steps to take advantage of the LGBT agenda, as evidenced by the president’s executive order in January to bar the federal funding of organizations that provide “services, goods or services related to sex work or sex education that provide transgender individuals with a false sense of security or privilege, or promote transgender discrimination against the LGBT population, or otherwise provide an avenue for discrimination against transgender people.”
On Wednesday, the White Senate confirmed the appointment of James P. Stansbury to serve as assistant attorney general for civil rights.
Stantsbury has been a senior attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.
Stansbury previously served as the chief of staff to the director of the Office on Women’s Affairs under President Bill Clinton.
The executive order also calls for creation of a new office to oversee discrimination against trans Americans and to strengthen federal laws and policies that protect transgender Americans and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
The Office of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion is created to serve in this capacity, it says.
The office will develop policies, establish programs, and coordinate federal and state enforcement actions to ensure that the rights, freedoms, and protections of LGBT people are fully protected and that discrimination against them are eliminated and prohibited.
“The order says:The Office for Equality, Disabilities, and Access to Care (ODACC) will continue to work to ensure access to care, including through the creation of transgender-specific health care plans and gender-specific medical care plans.
It will also work with state and local agencies and health care providers to implement best practices to ensure transgender people are treated as they are based on their gender identity and expression.ODACC will develop guidelines for states, territories, and localities on how to implement nondiscrimination policies and regulations that protect LGBT Americans from employment discrimination.
The office will also develop and implement a range of educational materials and tools to support the efforts of transgender individuals and allies to combat discrimination and to protect LGBT people from violence.
The Trump executive order says, “We will also strengthen federal civil rights laws to ensure we do not discriminate against transgender individuals, including transgender Americans.”
In a statement, ODOACC Director Danielle R. Stein said, “ODOACC is dedicated to ensuring all Americans can live, work, and love in their communities free from discrimination, and we have worked tirelessly to ensure these critical protections are in place and continue to evolve.”
The White house also says it will create a transgender-focused executive office.