Columbus, OH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, condemned the Ohio State Board of Education for its vote taking aim at the protection, privacy, livelihood, and well-being of LGBTQ+ students throughout the state. In a 10-7 vote, the Board chose to resist the enforcement of the Biden Administration’s updated Title IX anti-discrimination guidelines designed to preserve the rights of transgender students.
Human Rights Campaign Legal Director Sarah Warbelow released the following statement:
The updated Title IX protections were proposed by the U.S. Department of Education in June, adding sexual orientation and gender identity as enumerated protected characteristics. Polling shows that the public supports nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people, and this rule change is geared toward making the will of the people a reality. Numerous federal courts have found that discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, including in Title IX. This includes decisions from federal courts that it is a violation of Title IX to exclude transgender students from restrooms, locker rooms, and sex-separated programs and activities, including athletics, consistent with their gender identity.
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