In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back federal guidelines protecting transgender students in public schools, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued an executive order ensuring their rights here in Connecticut.

“Discrimination, harassment, and bullying have no place in our classrooms or at our schools,” Malloy said. “…Every child, no matter their gender identity or expression, should be treated equally and fairly in a safe, supportive environment.  Connecticut will remain a state of inclusiveness because we strongly believe that diversity makes us stronger.”

In 2011, Malloy signed into law protections for gender identity and expression and made them part of Connecticut’s anti-discrimination statutes. His executive order, issued Thursday, clarifies that bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools and institutions of higher education are places of public accommodation under existing state anti-discrimination laws.