Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trump Admin. Ignores Complaints Filed by Trans Students

Betsy DeVos — Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr
Metro Weekly reports:

The U.S. Department of Education has confirmed to reporters that it won’t pursue any complaints filed by transgender students who are banned from restrooms that match their gender identity.

Under the leadership of anti-LGBTQ Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration has maintained a rather ambiguous policy regarding civil rights complaints from transgender students.

While the guidance called on the department’s Office of Civil Rights to look into situations where transgender students were discriminated against or harassed based on their gender nonconformity, the guidance also hinted — but never explicitly stated — that the office could choose not pursue claims where a student was banned from a public restroom that did not match their biological sex at birth.

A spokeswoman for the Education Department clarified the department’s stance to BuzzFeed, stating: “Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity.”

See full story here.

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