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Title IX Protections For LGBTQ Students

By Charlotte Robinson, June 17, 2021

The Biden administration has announced that the U.S. Department of Education has reversed the previous administration’s attack on transgender students by ensuring that Title IX protections will cover all students on the basis of sexual orientation & gender identity in compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County last year. Sharita Gruberg, Vice President of the LGBTQ Research & Communications Project at the Center for American Progress stated, “Wednesday’s announcement by the Department of Education tells all students, including LGBTQ students, that their government will ensure they have the opportunity to learn free from discrimination. This is a significant change from the previous administration’s abandonment of the rights of LGBTQ students & support for discrimination. In fact, a CAP analysis found that LGBTQ students’ complaints were nine times less likely to result in corrective action under the Trump administration than under the Obama administration. We are heartened to hear that this cruel neglect of our nation’s LGBTQ students has ended, but LGBTQ students still need the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act & ensure their protections are not simply ignored by a future administration.” Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal concluded, “Today, the Biden Administration has acted to uphold the fundamental rights of LGBTQ Americans. It's essential that schools across the country heed this guidance. Amidst the devastating legislative season that has left too many transgender young people questioning where they can be safe, this is a meaningful step in the right direction. It’s time to nurture our young people, not shun them."

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