The Department of Education announced Wednesday that all public educational institutions nationwide must recognize the “gender identities” of “trans” people, including by allowing biological males to use female facilities such as restrooms and compete in female sports.
“Today marks 49 years since the passage of Title IX, the strongest tool we have to protect every student’s right to equal access to educational opportunities free from sex discrimination,” wrote Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “I’m proud of the actions the Biden-Harris Administration has taken so far in ensuring that Title IX protects the civil rights of all students, including LGBTQ+ students, in our schools and on college campuses.”
The Biden administration has worked consistently to assert “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected under Title IX. Critics, on the other hand, point out that the legislation was originally predicated precisely on the distinction between biological males and females — asserting the right of females to their own educational programming, including female sports.