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Biden Proposes Historic Title IX Updates

By Charlotte Robinson, June 23, 2022

On the 50th anniversary of Title IX President Biden has proposed updates to include strong protections for LGBTQ students. The Title IX federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in our nation’s public schools & the U.S. Department of Education has issued regulations codifying federal court decisions holding that the law protects LGBTQ individuals. Included in the proposed new regulations are vigorous new protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The proposed changes would guarantee protections for LGBTQ students including transgender youth in public schools. Imani Rupert-Gordon, NCLR Executive Director stated, “NCLR applauds the administration’s proposal to update Title IX regulations to include historic protections for LGBTQ students. Since his election, President Biden has been relentless in his commitment to do everything in his power to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in every facet of their lives – including education. For 50 years, Title IX has provided comprehensive protections from sex-based discrimination in educational programs & today on its 50th anniversary, President Biden has taken a bold step to ensure that Title IX continues its legacy of protecting every student from discrimination, regardless of who they are. These new protections will allow all students to thrive – particularly the most vulnerable transgender youth – in an environment that is truly free from discrimination.” Janson Wu GLAD Executive Director concluded, “These proposed regulations demonstrate a strong commitment to protecting educational opportunities for all students including LGBTQ students. Especially in light of ongoing state legislative attacks, we are grateful for the Administration’s strong support of LGBTQ youth.” 

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