The Supreme Court ruling on June 15, 2020 in the Bostock v. Clayton County case affirmed that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is sex discrimination. And discrimination on the basis of sex is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to Title IX, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” So it follows that the Bostock ruling by the Supreme Court can also be applied to Title IX. However, the Trump administration ignored the Bostock ruling and even in the final days of the Trump presidency, the U.S. Department of Education released a memo claiming Title IX did not protect transgender students.

Since taking office on January 20th, President Biden has issued several executive orders to reverse the damage done the last four years. The day Biden was sworn in he signed an executive order directing the government to enforce federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex- which includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a huge step forward for LGBTQ+ rights. However, executive orders can be reversed by the next administration. It is time for Congress to pass laws that guarantee LGBTQ+ equality. Click here to see the full text of the January 20th Executive Order.

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