Apple has criticized a decision by the Trump administration to withdraw protections for transgender students in public schools. The tech leader said in a statement that it “believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination.” “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals,” the statement continued.

“We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.” The Obama-era protections rolled back by Trump on Wednesday allowed transgender students to use bathrooms and facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The Trump administration said the rules should instead be decided at the state level. READ MORE