AAUW Statement in Support of Guidance to Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students

May 13, 2016

Today the Obama administration released guidance affirming the civil rights of all transgender students. Every day students are bullied, harassed, and denied equal opportunities because of who they are. Transgender students have the same rights as their peers, and AAUW supports this guidance, which will help schools make that promise a reality.

The guidance states that Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities, protects gender identity. Transgender students have the right to access bathrooms and to participate on athletic teams that correspond to their gender identity. The guidance also clarifies that schools across the country already have practices in place that set clear expectations for students and staff and avoid unnecessary confusion, invasions of privacy, and other serious concerns facing transgender students today.

What we need now is a commitment from all schools to read this guidance and follow the commonsense measures it lays out to protect all our students from discrimination. AAUW applauds this effort to ensure that all students are able to access education, and we stand with our members in North Carolina who are fighting back against House Bill 2, which undermines this basic civil right.


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