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National Black Justice Coalition Applauds US Dept. of Education’s Confirmation Prohibiting Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Discrimination in Schools Under Title IX

CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro |

WASHINGTON, DC —  Earlier today, The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Notice of Interpretation explaining that it will enforce Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex to include: (1) discrimination based on sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination based on gender identity. Under the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972, discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity offered by a recipient of federal financial assistance is strictly prohibited.

In response to the news, David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, issued the following statement:

“It’s important and affirming to witness the US Department of Education confirm Title IX protections for transgender students. 

“At present, public school students who identify as — or who are perceived to be — members of the LGBTQ+ community do not have the same legal protections as their non LGBTQ+ peers. For this reason, the Department of Education’s distinction today is a crucial one. 

“As we continue working to pass the Equality Act, which will ensure clear and consistent non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual identity, gender orientation or expression, we applaud and appreciate the individuals working within our current system to ensure LGBTQ+ /SGL students feel seen, heard, and protected.”

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.