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HHS Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 

May 10, 2021

HHS Office for Civil Rights to Enforce Prohibitions on Sex Discrimination in Line with Supreme Court Decision 

Washington D.C. – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include: (1) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination on the basis of gender identity.  Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in covered health programs or activities.  The update was made in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County and subsequent court decisions. [Read more]

Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Launches Comprehensive Review of Title IX Regulations to Fulfill President Biden’s Executive Order Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Sex Discrimination

APRIL 6, 2021 Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced a comprehensive review of the Department's regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as part of implementing President Biden's March 8 Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.

In a letter to students, educators, and other stakeholders, OCR outlined plans to solicit the public's input on the regulations, ultimately leading to possible revisions through a notice of proposed rulemaking. [Read more]

 

A Proclamation on Transgender Day Of Visibility, 2021

MARCH 31, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

Today, we honor and celebrate the achievements and resiliency of transgender individuals and communities.  Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world.  Their trailblazing work has given countless transgender individuals the bravery to live openly and authentically.  This hard-fought progress is also shaping an increasingly accepting world in which peers at school, teammates and coaches on the playing field, colleagues at work, and allies in every corner of society are standing in support and solidarity with the transgender community. [Read more]

 

A Proclamation on National Sexual Assault Prevention And Awareness Month, 2021

MARCH 31, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

Sexual assault, at its core, is a devastating abuse of power — one that affects people of every age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, socioeconomic background, and religion.  It is the responsibility of each of us to stand up and speak out against it, not only to improve the laws and services available to survivors but also to change the culture and attitudes that allow sexual assault to proliferate.  Together, we must work toward a society that upholds every person’s right to live free from sexual violence — where our institutions and communities commit to preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment, supporting survivors, and holding offenders accountable. [Read more]

 

Title IX; Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation Discrimination: U.S. Department of Justice Memorandum re: Application of Bostock v. Clayton County to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (March 26, 2021)  

Memorandum from Pamela S. Carlan, Principal Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to Federal Agency Civil Rights Directors and General Counsels directing agencies to interpret Title IX consistently with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. Through the memo, DOJ opines that Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. DOJ provides this information as a “starting point” for agencies to “ensure consistent and robust enforcement of Title IX.” [Read more]


Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance

May 19, 2020, Effective August 14, 2020

The Secretary of Education amends the regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). The final regulations specify how recipients of Federal financial assistance covered by Title IX, including elementary and secondary schools as well as post-secondary institutions, (hereinafter collectively referred to as “recipients” or “schools”), must respond to allegations of sexual harassment consistent with Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination. [Read more]