February 22, 2017 / 6:40 PM / 5 months ago

White House says transgender bathroom guidance under review

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday the Justice and Education departments were reviewing current federal guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools and expected to release something new on the issue later in the day.

"I would expect further guidance to come out on that today," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a news briefing, adding that "the president ... is a firm believer in states' rights" and the new administration had "several areas of concern, both legal and procedural."

Former Democratic President Barack Obama had issued guidance that instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by David Alexander

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