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U.S. Department of Education confirms transgender students protected by Title IX

Department’s new interpretation reverses Trump administration’s stance on protections for LGBTQ students.

“It’s important and affirming to witness the U.S. Department of Education confirm Title IX protections for transgender students,” said David Johns, the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition. “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 nondiscrimination 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,” Johns added.


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.