Expanding the "Transgender" Agenda in Schools
Upcoming Title IX Regulation Will Legalize and Expand the Transgender Agenda in Schools
By Edward E. Bartlett
Title IX is the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools. Title IX is basically a good law, but in recent years, Leftists have politicized and weaponized Title IX.
In 2011, the Obama Administration issued a campus policy that removed numerous due process protections for students – mostly men – accused of sexual misconduct. The campus disciplinary committees – sometimes referred to as “Kangaroo Courts,” dispensed with the presumption of innocence and expelled hundreds of students. In response, numerous lawsuits were filed against colleges in Maryland and across the nation. In a majority of cases, the accused student won the lawsuit.
Now, the Biden Administration wants to issue a new regulation that will further politicize Title IX. Specifically, the plan is to expand the definition of “sex” to include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” You can imagine the chaos this will create:
- Transgenders will be given full rein to participate in women’s sports. Obviously, transgenders possess significant physical advantages over biological females. The effect will be to eliminate women’s sports as we have traditionally known them.
- Activist school counselors will be free to approach students to discuss the possibility that they are experiencing “gender dysphoria” and need to “transition” to another gender – without the parents’ knowledge or consent. In one case, this led to the tragic suicide of a California girl. https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2022/march/ca-mom-says-state-pushed-teen-daughter-into-transgender-treatments-leading-her-to-commit-suicide
- Students will be forced to use the requested gender pronoun, even though forced speech is a violation of free speech. In a recent Wisconsin case, an eighth grade student was charged with “sexual harassment” because he declined to use the desired pronoun of a female classmate. https://cnsnews.com/commentary/edward-e-bartlett/wisconsin-mispronouning-incident-latest-leftist-campaign-speech
Fortunately, 88 organizations, including 15 attorneys general, have called on the US Department of Education to cancel its ill-conceived plan to move ahead with this new Title IX policy. https://www.saveservices.org/2022/05/88-groups-call-on-dept-of-education-to-cancel-plans-for-new-title-ix-regulation/
If all of this seems Orwellian, it truly is.
Edward E. Bartlett, a long-time resident of Montgomery County, is the president of SAVE, a national policy organization that is working for fairness and due process in schools. Groups that wish to join the coalition to oppose the new Title IX regulation should contact him at: [email protected]