New Title IX rules focused on LGBT students unveiled

by ian

President Joe Biden, along with the Department of Education, issued new regulations for Title IX on Friday. The rules were presented as protections for LGBTQ students, but critics say it negates the original point of Title IX.

The original implementation of Title IX was to outlaw discrimination based on sex in education. This new Final Rule, as it is called, effectively expands those protections to anything relating to sexual orientation, sex stereotypes, gender identity and sex characteristics.

It also provides recompense for those who have allegedly suffered from such discrimination. Students who affiliate with the LGBTQ+ community and who have faced discrimination as defined in the rule are entitled to a response from their school. If the school does not act or fails in another capacity, the students can look to the federal government for help.

Advocates for victims of such circumstances were quick to praise the rule change, but critics say it could lead to worse problems down the road by protecting individuals with wrongful intentions. Case in point – some say it could allow private areas like bathrooms and locker rooms to be solely based on gender identity.

Such a concern was raised by conservative commentator Megyn Kelly, who railed against the provision on Friday’s rendition of her show on Sirius XM.

But one of the biggest critiques of the bill comes from how it deals with those who are accused. The regulations notably strip away due process procedures for those who are accused of sex discrimination.

Colleges will not hold live hearings anymore to allow cross-examination, but will instead hold separate hearings and base their decision on those findings.

Other outspoken individuals for women’s rights have since come out against the bill. Former collegiate swimmer Riley Gaines – who defended her female teammates after being pitted against and losing to a biological male who identified as female – is one such voice. Gaines said “The Biden administration is unilaterally erasing fifty years of equal opportunity law for women” with the new rule.

The Independent Women’s Law Center, along with other organizations, plans to sue the Biden administration over the rule. The regulations are set to take effect on Aug. 1, provided a legal challenge does not result in a delay or cancelation.