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President Trump's decision to revoke an Obama-era order is prompting more protests across the country Thursday.

The previous order advised public schools to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice.

A UCLA law school study reports around 150,000 teenagers in the united states identify as transgender.

Some feared for the future of the LGBTQ community even before President Trump took office.

17 year old Carla Rolan is a junior at Pekin High School.

We first introduced you to her when she made the cheerleading team, as the first ever transgender student.

She says she talked to her counselor about Trump's announcement and was told currently no changes will be made.

"I use the women's restroom because I am more comfortable and me and the girls we have bonds when I use the restroom and if I weren't able to I would definitely feel more uncomfortable and feel more fear," said Carla Rolan, a transgender student at Pekin High School.

The Trump administration is now arguing President Obama's interpretation of a federal law, called Title Nine, to protect transgender kids, is a state's rights issue and has to be sorted out in the courts.

For one Pekin grandmother, who says her granddaughter feels uncomfortable, Pekin High went above and beyond when they built unisex bathrooms.

"I'd like to see girls in girls locker rooms and boys in boys locker rooms and if there is transgender or gay or whatever else is out there, that they be allowed the same safety to use the unisex bathroom," said Norma Jacobs, concerned citizen.

But for Rolan she fears this will create more worry for transgender students.

She added, "We have come so far in this society and for Trump to reverse that right for us is very devastating."

Despite the reversal, both the Departments of Justice and Education say they're committed to protecting LGBTQ students from "discrimination, bullying, and harassment."

The superintendent of Pekin High School did not return our calls for comment.

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