NCLR, GLAD, and Coalition of Organizations Support Biden Administration’s Inclusive Title IX Athletics Rule

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAD, along with the National Education Association and more than a dozen other organizations, have submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education supporting its proposed rule requiring equal treatment of transgender students in school sports under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In addition to the National Education Association, the coalition of organizations includes Family Equality, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, SAGE, and the Trevor Project.

The comments commend the Department for affirming that Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender students in school sports, noting the urgency of creating clear federal policy in the face of the unlawful bans proliferating in many states. The proposed rule states that any policy that categorically bans transgender girls or women from playing on girls’ or women’s sports teams, or that prohibits transgender boys or men from playing on boys or men’s sports teams, is prohibited.

“We applaud the Department of Education for drafting a rule that protects transgender students from discrimination and ensures their equal inclusion in school sports,” said NCLR Federal Policy Director Juliana S. Gonen.

“With so many states adopting policies that exclude transgender athletes in violation of Title IX, it is urgent the Department of Education finalizes its rule that makes clear transgender students must be given full and equal inclusion in school sports programs,” said GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders Senior Director of Transgender and Queer Rights Jennifer Levi.

Earlier this year, NCLR and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defender (GLAD) jointly produced a fact sheet explaining the proposed rule and its protection of transgender students in school sports under Title IX.

NCLR has filed lawsuits challenging state laws banning transgender students from school sports in Utah and Arizona.