The Biden Administration’s Department of Education (DOE) is set to impose new Title IX regulations in the coming weeks that will extend federal civil rights to so-called “transgender” students.
The Daily Caller reports that at least two anonymous DOE officials told the Washington Post about the planned expansion of Title IX, which currently only prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. The new regulations will redefine Title IX to include “gender identity” and sexual preference. A DOE spokesperson said that the newly-updated guidelines will be formally published in April.
The new regulations will state that “discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination on the basis of sex stereotypes, sex-related characteristics (including intersex traits), pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”
On Monday, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona criticized the parental rights bill that was recently signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), which forbids public schools from teaching about sexuality to students in kindergarten through the 3rd grade. Often derogatorily referred to by Democrats and the mainstream media as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” Cardona falsely declared that the Florida law to be among “hateful bills that hurt some of the students most in need.”
“All schools receiving federal funding must follow federal civil rights law,” Cardona said in a March 8th press release, “including Title IX’s protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The new DOE regulations would directly challenge the laws that have been passed by at least a dozen states in recent months protecting women’s sports in public education, banning transgender athletes from competing on sports teams of the opposite gender. Such laws aim to prevent biological men from competing with women, where they have unfair physical advantages due to the gender they were born with.
Other advocates have pointed out inherent dangers in such transgender practices, including vulnerable young women being forced to share locker rooms, restrooms, and other such facilities with men, which has led to instances of rape and sexual assault, such as the infamous double-assault case in Loudoun County, Virginia.