- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she supports President Barack Obama’s administration’s directive that schools must permit transgender students to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1VW8N4P ) the Democratic governor says that as a mom, she strongly believes that schools need to be places where all students feel welcome and respected.

She’s encouraging Rhode Island schools to take any steps necessary to ensure they welcome transgender students.

The state’s education commissioner didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Cumberland became the first public school district in the state in April to adopt a formal policy that lets students use a restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

North Carolina passed a law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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