Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded to news that a federal judge temporarily enjoined Department of Education guidance affirming that the rights of transgender students are protected by Title IX.
Bostock v. Clayton County, the landmark Supreme Court decision that protected LGBTQ+ employees from discrimination nationwide, recognized that Title VII’s framework of prohibiting discrimination based upon sex also, by its very nature, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Title IX, which uses a similar framework, also provides the same protections, as affirmed by the Department of Education’s guidance and numerous federal courts.
Additionally, earlier this month, the Department of Education issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to reverse unjust Trump administration changes to Title IX that limited the obligation of schools which receive federal funding to investigate and address allegations of sexual harassment and assault. HRC praised this move, and notes that this injunction does not impact the ongoing rulemaking process.
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