The Justice Department’s decision to step away from a court battle to protect the bathroom access rights of transgender students is stoking fears among civil rights advocates’ that the Trump administration plans a broad retreat on LGBT protections.

The DOJ recently abandoned its bid to stay a court order that blocks federal agency guidelines on transgender students’ bathroom access.

That action, coming less than two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was confirmed and sworn in, is “a clear signal” the Justice Department is backing away from “equality,” said Sasha Buchert, a staff attorney and policy counsel for the Transgender...