Thursday, June 23, 2022

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

President Biden’s proposed updates to Title IX on its 50th anniversary include strong protections for LGBTQ students

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the historic federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in our nation’s public schools, the U.S. Department of Education has issued regulations codifying federal court decisions holding that the law protects LGBTQ individuals. Included in the proposed new regulations are the most robust protections ever against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The proposed changes would guarantee protections for LGBTQ students – including transgender youth – in public schools. 

“NCLR applauds the administration’s proposal to update Title IX regulations to include historic protections for LGBTQ students,” stated NCLR Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon. “Since his election, President Biden has been relentless in his commitment to do everything in his power to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in every facet of their lives – including education. 

For 50 years, Title IX has provided comprehensive protections from sex-based discrimination in educational programs, and today on its 50th anniversary, President Biden has taken a bold step to ensure that Title IX continues its legacy of protecting every student from discrimination, regardless of who they are. These new protections will allow all students to thrive  – particularly the most vulnerable transgender youth – in an environment that is truly free from discrimination.”


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. https://www.nclrights.org