The battle over the inclusion of biological males who identify as female in school sports rages on.
According to the Daily Caller, 28 congressional Democrats signed a letter on Wednesday condemning the Department of Education’s recent ruling that public schools allowing biological males to compete on girls’ teams are in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes, the letter’s lead signatory, said in a press release that “The decision of the Department of Education to issue a determination targeting transgender student athletes on the eve of Pride Month is not coincidental. It is a transparent example of their campaign against the rights and dignity of LGBTQ+ children.”
Rep. Hayes continues:
Title IX was created so that all young women – no matter their sex assigned at birth – are protected from discrimination and have access to opportunity. It was not meant to target children who do not identify as cisgender or create a space in which transgender kids must choose between living truthfully or having access to opportunities. Title IX was never meant to be used as a tool to threaten schools into discriminatory practices in order to preserve critically needed federal funds.
The Supreme Court’s decision to protect LGBTQ+ Americans in their workplaces is heartening and underscores the profound error of the Department’s decision about transgender students. The Connecticut delegation and the Equality Caucus will not leave the fate of transgender children to the unfortunate interpretations of the Department of Education.
The intent of the Department of Education to intimidate school districts into tolerating discrimination is clear and I will not allow those actions to go unchecked.
I will continue to elevate the voices of LGBTQ+ students and protect their right to thrive in school and in sports. The Department of Education must cease pursuing an agenda that is distorting the principle of Title IX against children.
Rep. Hayes was joined by Reps. Blumenthal, Larson, Courtney, DeLauro, Himes, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Castor, Cardenas, Cicilline, Dean, Dingell, García (TX), Haaland, Harder, Jackson Lee, Lowenthal, Lynch, Panetta, Pappas, Pocan, Quigley, Sánchez, Schakowsky, Soto, Velázquez, Watson Coleman.
This gaggle of congressmen is far from alone in declaring its unwavering support of the rights of transgender athletes to compete according to their chosen gender identity.
Back in January, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed to pass the controversial Equality Act within his first 100 days in office should he win the presidency.
“Transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time,” Biden said at the time. “There is no room for compromise when it comes to basic human rights.”
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