Department of Education Extends Title IX to Trans Students

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In a game-changing moment for the LGBT rights of young people, the U.S. Department of Education has issued “new guidance” to clarify its seminal Title IX amendment, of the Education Amendments of 1972. The new guidance explicitly extends Title IX, which protects against discrimination on the “basis of sex.”

Many transgender students in the U.S. have suffered bullying and harassment, and this decision is being called a breakthrough for these problems that students face. As National Center for Transgender Equality Policy Director Harper Jean Tobin put it: 

This announcement is a breakthrough for transgender students, who too often face hostility at school and refusal by school officials to accept them for who they truly areit is now clearer than ever that schools nationwide are responsible for ensuring that transgender students are respected and safe, and students can seek protection from the Department of Education and the courts if schools fail to do so.

It remains to be seen how this move by the D.O.E. will effect transgender youths in schools, but it seems likely that it will give them and their allies considerable ground in the fight toward equality. [NCTE, via Towleroad]

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