Obama's Huge Title IX Gamble
The Justice Department had good intentions in linking Title IX with transgender equality, but our recent judicial setback proves we need laws that unequivocably address our rights.
A federal judge in Texas last week blocked the Obama administration’s guidelines on equal treatment of transgender students in K-12 schools receiving federal funds — which is almost all schools in the U.S. This means that schools in the 22 states that are currently suing the government over the guidelines do not have to comply until the courts determine the outcome of the suits.
(The guidelines are not legally binding, but there was the threat — albeit not yet acted on — of losing federal funding for noncompliance.)
Of course this has caused no small amount of outrage in the LGBT community, as it is a major setback in the pursuit of equality and fair treatment.