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White House: Transgender Guidance Offers 'Practical Suggestions'
N.C. governor blasts move, says Obama lacks proper authority

A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11 in Durham, N.C. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

The Obama administration is defending guidance it sent to public schools across the country stating transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice, saying it contains “practical suggestions.”  

The Education and Justice departments on Friday sent the guidance to school administrators in the midst of an ongoing legal battle with North Carolina over its controversial law prohibiting transgender individuals from using the bathroom of the gender they prefer.