In a policy shift LGBTQ rights groups denounced as \u0022a deliberate recipe for violence against transgender people,\u0022 the Trump administration on Friday rolled back rules allowing transgender inmates to use facilities that match their gender identity and instructed federal officials to use \u0022biological sex\u0022 in determining housing assignments.\u0022This administration seems to be using every opportunity to roll back progress for transgender people.\u0022 —Vanita Gupta, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights\u0022The extreme rates of physical and sexual violence faced by transgender people in our nation\u0026#039;s prisons is a stain on the entire criminal justice system,\u0022 Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said in a statement responding to the Trump administration\u0026#039;s move. \u0022Instead of leaving the existing policy alone, the administration is clearly prepared to encourage federal prisons to violate federal law and advance its own inhumane agenda.\u0022Trans prisoners are sexually assaulted at a rate of more than 13 times that of non-trans prisoners. This will only exacerbate an already dangerous set of circumstances https://t.co/Moke36zNIw via @dominicholden— Betsy Ginsberg (@BetsyGinsberg) May 12, 2018According to Buzzfeed, which first reported the rule rollback on Friday, the White House\u0026#039;s policy shift \u0022comes after four evangelical Christian women in a Texas prison sued in U.S. District Court to challenge the Obama-era guidelines,\u0022 asserting that sharing facilities with transgender women put them in danger.The Trump administration appears to have accepted this claim wholesale.Last August, Trump\u0026#039;s Justice Department announced that it would \u0022evaluate\u0022 the issues raised in the Texas case, and on Friday the administration issued new \u0022guidelines that instruct officials to \u0026#039;use biological sex as the initial determination for designation\u0026#039; for screening, housing, and offering programming services, saying the policy is \u0026#039;consistent with maintaining security and good order in Federal prisons,\u0026#039;\u0022 Buzzfeed reports.\u0022Once again, the Trump administration is turning its back on those most vulnerable. It is well established that transgender prisoners—particularly transgender women housed in men\u0026#039;s facilities—suffer much greater rates of sexual abuse than other prison populations,\u0022 Richard Saenz, a staff attorney at Lambda Legal, said in a statement. \u0022Conversely, it is increasingly common for correctional facilities to house transgender people consistent with their gender identity, and agencies have made these placements without experiencing any increase in abusive incidents or security risks.\u0022\u0022There is no justification for this policy shift; it is a deliberate recipe for violence against transgender people based in inexcusable prejudice,\u0022 Saenz added.Beyond shameful: This is absolutely unconscionable. #LGBTQhttps://t.co/eI6qxkcIJ3— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) May 11, 2018Responding to the Trump administration\u0026#039;s rule changes on Friday, Vanita Gupta, chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said the shift is part of the White House\u0026#039;s broad anti-LGBTQ agenda that has already significantly impacted numerous sectors of American society.\u0022This administration seems to be using every opportunity to roll back progress for LGBTQ and transgender people, even against the grain of where the American public is, and is headed, on these issues,\u0022 Gupta concluded.