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Report: Trump's Dept. of Education Won't Investigate Bathroom Complaints from Trans Students

Tuesday Feb 13, 2018

The Trump administration's Department of Education confirmed it will no longer investigate transgender students' complaints about being denied access to public facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity, according to a new report from BuzzFeed News.

Department of Education spokeswoman Liz Hill told the website that the Trump administration's revised interpretation of Title IX protections means trans students will no longer be protected when it comes to bathroom rights. Hill said "yes, that's what the law says" when asked if the EoD "holds a current position that restroom complaints from transgender students are not covered by a 1972 federal civil rights law called Title IX," BuzzFeed writes.

"Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity," she also said, adding that certain types of complaints from trans students may be investigated but none will be about bathroom complaints.

"Where students, including transgender students, are penalized or harassed for failing to conform to sex-based stereotypes, that is sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX," Hill said. "In the case of bathrooms, however, long-standing regulations provide that separating facilities on the basis of sex is not a form of discrimination prohibited by Title IX."

BuzzFeed notes the EoD's stance on bathroom complaints from trans students "conflicts with two federal appeals courts, which held that Title IX guarantees transgender students' access to restrooms matching their gender identity."

"Although Hill said 'the law says' transgender student restroom complaints aren't covered by Title IX, the law does not say that," the website added.

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  • , 2018-02-23 04:15:42

    We need to pray the Hate away. these changes are not going to prevail in the long run. She will be gone and so will Trump Pence. a fluke election no mandate. Yall see. Bob Simone


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