Heritage Foundation: Federalism Can Solve Gender Identity Policies in Schools

The Trump administration agrees with a new report out by The Heritage Foundation that discourages federal mandates regarding transgenders in K-12.

When the law says “sex,” it doesn’t mean “gender identity.” A new report from the Heritage Foundation explains that making sex mean gender identity has caused a lot of damage. Students, especially girls, worry for their privacy and safety in intimate spaces. Survivors of childhood rape or molestation find it very troubling. Males could exploit the law to gain access to undressed women.

The report, Gender Identity Policies in Schools: What Congress, the Courts, and the Trump Administration Should Do, urges local and state control over gender identity policies in schools. It’s written by Ryan Anderson and Melody Wood.

Background: Obama Redefined “Sex”

The report lays out the history of what led to this thorny legal problem. The Obama administration told all K-12 schools to let transgender students use the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Those that didn’t might lose their federal funding.

To justify this, the administration redefined “sex” in Title IX. The 1972 law prohibits sex discrimination in federally-funded schools. The meaning of “sex” was expanded to include “gender identity.” The child’s biological sex didn’t matter, only what sex he claimed to be.

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