By Jonathon Van Maren
As states across America — the most recent being Idaho and Indiana — approve bans on “sex changes” for children, the Biden administration is fighting back, announcing this week that it will be expanding new Title TX rules to include “gender identity” under the definition of sexual discrimination in order to block schools and colleges from banning “transgender” athletes from competing in the category of their choice.
The Education Department’s new policy would require any school or college receiving federal funding to reject a “one-size-fits-all” policy or be in violation of Title IX. Title IX is the gender equality legislation enacted in 1972.
According to a Department of Education press release: “The U.S. Department of Education (Department) proposes to amend its regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) to set out a standard that would govern a recipient’s adoption or application of sex-related criteria that would limit or deny a student’s eligibility to participate on a male or female athletic team consistent with their gender identity. The proposed regulation would clarify Title IX’s application to such sex-related criteria and the obligation of schools and other recipients of Federal financial assistance from the Department (referred to below as ‘recipients’ or ‘schools’) that adopt or apply such criteria to do so consistent with Title IX’s nondiscrimination mandate.”
The proposal will have to go through an approval process and receive pushback, but if passed, will become a permanent provision of Title IX.