Friday, April 7, 2023

Christopher Vasquez | NCLR Director of Communications
cvasquez@nclrights.org | 415-365-1337

Today’s release of a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Education affirms that Title IX requires the equal participation of transgender students in sports. 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the United States Department of Education released a new Title IX rule affirming protections for transgender students’ participation in sports. The proposed rule provides that categorically banning transgender students from school sports is unlawful and that any restrictions must be firmly supported by clear evidence and must minimize harm to transgender students.

A statement from NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon:

“Transgender youth are an integral part of every school across this country. We applaud the Department of Education for recognizing that the law requires that transgender students must be treated fairly and equally and as respected members of their school communities.”


The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. Since its founding, NCLR has maintained a longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and the LGBTQ community’s most vulnerable. www.nclrights.org