Target: US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights
Goal: Thank the Office for Civil Rights for protecting transgenders from discrimination
The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently created a 53 page guidance report that strives to protect transgenders from discrimination. These new guidelines are a positive step towards equal rights for transgender people and deserve the highest praise.
This report is an extension of Title IX, a law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities. This addition to the law will also prohibit discrimination in regards to gender identity. The Office of Civil Rights argued that since the Title IX sex discrimination law prohibits discrimination “based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity,” the “actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of the parties” should not be excluded from protection from discrimination.
Transgender students are currently excluded from many school activities and a recent study says that 80% of transgender students feel unsafe at school due to their transgender recognition. Every federally funded school in the United States must comply with the Title IX guidelines or they risk the loss of funds. These new standards mean that every type of person is now legally protected from discrimination, not just those who identify with their gender assigned at birth.
Please sign the petition below to thank the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for their new Title IX guidelines that protect transgender students from discrimination.
Dear US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights,
We are writing to thank you for your recent creation of guidelines to extend Title IX to protect transgender students from discrimination. The reality of how many transgender students are excluded from school events due to their transgender identity is both shocking and saddening.
Your extension to the Title IX law that prohibits gender discrimination will now give transgenders the same protection from discrimination. This means that every type of person will now be legally protected from discrimination, not just students who identify with their birth assigned gender.
These guidelines are a very positive step towards transgender equality and we thank you for your actions. We also act that you continue to fight for related issues in the future.
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