U.S. Department of Education no longer investigating complaints from students seeking access to bathrooms based on "gender identity" (USA)

According to Elizabeth Hill, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Education, the department will no longer investigate complaints from students seeking access to bathrooms and other sex-segregated facilities in schools based on “gender identity.” “Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity,” said Hill. “Therefore the question is whether a … Continue reading “U.S. Department of Education no longer investigating complaints from students seeking access to bathrooms based on "gender identity" (USA)”

Students and Parents for Privacy v. The U.S. Department of Education (USA)

On December 29, U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso issued an opinion in Students and Parents for Privacy v. The U.S. Department of Education, denying the plaintiffs’ request for preliminary injunction to suspend the school district’s policy of allowing students to access sex-segregated facilities based on gender identity rather than biological sex. Judge Alonso opines the plaintiffs … Continue reading “Students and Parents for Privacy v. The U.S. Department of Education (USA)”

Leo Davis v. New York City Department of Education (USA)

Leo Davis is a 5-year-old boy whose parents describe him as “gender expansive.”  According to his parents, Danielle Super and Michael Davis, “he has gravitated toward things traditionally associated with girls,” such as dresses, the color pink, and Barbie dolls, “since before he could speak.”  Although Leo’s parents “told the school about his gender expression” before … Continue reading “Leo Davis v. New York City Department of Education (USA)”

Students and Parents for Privacy v. The U.S. Department of Education (USA)

On May 4, Students and Parents for Privacy (an unincorporated association of five minors and their parents) filed a complaint against the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and the School Directors of Township High School District 211, Cook County, Illinois.  The complaint states the Plaintiffs seek … Continue reading “Students and Parents for Privacy v. The U.S. Department of Education (USA)”

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights @EDcivilrights & Downey Unified School District (USA)

The Downey Unified School District settled a government claim by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights that it discriminated against a transgender student who said he was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools. The school district agreed to give the teenager access to the … Continue reading “U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights @EDcivilrights & Downey Unified School District (USA)”

New York City Department of Education (USA)

The New York City Department of Education has adopted guidelines “to help schools ensure a safe learning environment free of discrimination and harassment, and to promote the educational and social integration of transgender students.”  The guidelines provide that students should be addressed by school staff by the name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that … Continue reading “New York City Department of Education (USA)”

Department of Education (UK)

The UK government has restored protections for nontransgender individuals in education.  The National Curriculum in Education Framework document provides that “(t)eachers should take account of their duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers disability, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.”  The document no longer includes “gender identity.” News Report. National Curriculum in Education Framework … Continue reading “Department of Education (UK)”

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education (USA)

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education directed the Arcadia Unified School District in California to allow a transgender student to use locker rooms, bathrooms, and other facilities designated for males. The decision also mandates that the ninth grader, who was assigned female at birth but identifies and presents as male, be allowed to participate in … Continue reading “U.S. Departments of Justice and Education (USA)”

Michigan State Board of Education (USA)

Discussion on proposed LGBTQ policy at 50:46 On February 23, 2016, the Michigan State Board of Education (“SBE”) presented its Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students.  SBE purports this was prepared out of its commitment to reducing the impact of high-risk factors and providing equitable resources and … Continue reading “Michigan State Board of Education (USA)”

Alex Wilson v. Pinellas Technical Education Center (USA)

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against a Florida technical school, saying the school violated Title IX of the Civil Rights Act when it forbade a transgender woman nursing student to use the sex-specific bathrooms used by female students. Alex Wilson v. Pinellas Technical Education Center Complaint. Prior … Continue reading “Alex Wilson v. Pinellas Technical Education Center (USA)”