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President Biden Signs New Title IX Proposal to Undo Trump Rules & Protect Rights of LGBTQ+ Students

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With Pride Month in action and the Supreme Court overruling Roe Vs Wade, President Biden continues to take matters into his own hands.

On Thursday, during the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Education Amendments, the Biden administration signed their new proposal to the Title IX (the 1972 Education Amendments).

By signing the proposal, President Biden is reinstating the Title IX regulations tossed out by the Trump administration. Proposed changes would fight for sexual discrimination in schools by providing victim protections and modifying the correct pronouns for LGBTQI+ students.

According to NPR News, Title IX protects students from sexual discrimination in educational programs but as of June 2022, it will also include in text the protection of sexual orientation and gender identity for LGBTQI+ students in schools.

President Biden spoke from the White House during their "Pride Is Back At the White House Event", where he mentioned the impact Title IX has had in equality but noting that there was still more to be done.

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“As we look to the next 50 years, I am committed to protecting this progress and working to achieve full equality, inclusion, and dignity for women and girls, LGBTQI+ Americans, all students, and all Americans...Even as we celebrate all the progress we’ve achieved, standing up for equal access and inclusion is as important as ever before."

This new step is hoping to also protect the rights of transgender students in schools and in their sports.

According to Time, the proposed regulations clarify that “preventing someone from participating in school programs and activities consistent with their gender identity would cause harm in violation of Title IX.” But the Education Department largely sidestepped the question of what rights transgender athletes are granted under Title IX—an issue that has been raging at the state level. Instead, the Education Department said it would engage in a separate rulemaking process to address Title IX’s application to athletics and students’ eligibility to participate in male or female sports teams.

Currently, Title IX is facing a public feedback period before the administration can make legal changes. The policy is likely to take full effect in 2023.

Gayes are you excited for this new change ?


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