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A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States

This guide offers a history of various movements by citizens in the United States to gain political and social freedom and equality. It highlights resources available through the library and also offers a list of current civil rights organizations.

Trump Administration Changes Course on Transgender Bathroom Cases

On Friday, February 10, 2017, the Trump administration submitted a legal brief to withdraw the government's objections to an injunction that had blocked guidance requiring that transgender students be allowed to use restrooms that match their gender identity. This signals a change from the Obama administration's support for transgender rights and indicates that Trump may follow conservatives who felt that the Obama administration had gone too far in support of transgender rights. While there is no immediate change in the national situation for public schools, this change in policy would affect several other cases in which students are challenging their school districts’ policies, including one involving Virginia student Gavin Grimm, which the Supreme Court was originally scheduled to hear in the Spring. In early March, the Supreme Court sent the Grimm case back to the 4th Circuit for reconsideration in light of the changes made by the Trump administration. While many believe this is merely a delay before this case or one like it makes its way before the Supreme Court, it is still frustrating for LGBTQ activists, transgender youth, and their families.