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12 states want transgender directive stopped

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia and 12 other states are asking a federal judge to halt a White House directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools.

Friday’s hearing in Texas comes three months after federal officials told schools that students must be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Friday afternoon, we caught up with a representative from Savannah Standout Youth, a local organization that provides a weekly meeting space for young gay men and women to talk and asked them what they thought about Georgia's stance.

"Trans people have always been around. They've always been using the restrooms. It's now that it's just come to the public eye that people have more to say about it, and no one cared when they didn't know, but now it kind of seems like another way of exerting control,” said Rachel Segrest, Savannah Standout Youth.

Republican leaders from states against the directive accuse the Obama Administration of undoing what they call privacy safeguards.

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