This week the Department of Education has hosted a week-long hearing that included the topic of redefining “sex” in Title IX to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in national education policies.
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We want to say a big “Thank you!” to 10,000 of you who have engaged on this important issue! If you haven’t submitted a comment, TODAY is the LAST DAY to tell the Department of Education you STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY CHANGES in their education policies that redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” This is a dangerous agenda, and it must be stopped. Comments must be submitted before 5:00 pm ET Today.
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Family Policy Alliance testified against revising the definitions of “sex” in Title IX during this week’s public hearing at the Department of Education this week and stated,
|“Every girl should have the chance to compete on a level playing field. In today’s world, that means one that is reserved just for girls. Males naturally possess physical advantages over females. This natural advantage can result in them winning titles, scholarships, and other opportunities that should be reserved for girls.”The Department of Education has a responsibility to protect women and girls, not steal their dreams.”
“…Title IX itself explicitly allows educational institutions to maintain ‘separate living facilities for the different sexes,’ indicating binary, biological sex. Of course, this makes sense in the context of private spaces like locker rooms and showers.”
“No student should be forced into an intimate setting like a restroom or locker room with someone of the opposite sex. The Department of Education should not get to determine the first time a student is exposed to a member of the opposite sex while in a state of undress.”
You can read our full testimony here.
We were grateful for other excellent voices who spoke to the Department of Education urging the Department to protect the rights of women and girls in education, sports, and to protect parental rights. Here are a few quotes from the hearing:
“Title IX was enacted to protect girls from discrimination based on sex, not “gender identity.” Article 7 of The Declaration [on Women’s Sex-Based Rights], consistent with Title IX, affirms women’s rights to participate actively in sports on a single-sex basis to ensure fairness and safety for women and girls.” – Lauren Levey, steering committee member, U.S. Chapter of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign
“President Joe Biden’s policy, as stated in his Executive order, fails to protect the status and dignity of women as female and is a threat to every woman in America, especially female students and athletes. ‘Gender identity’ does not equal sex. Therefore, it should not be used to compromise Title IX protections for women. ‘On the basis of sex’ under Title IX should be based solely on the biological truth of being male or female.” – Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations for Concerned Women for America
“…the social transition of children directed by school officials should be instead considered medical treatment, because the reason for directing that behavior is usually alleged to be the mental health of the child. Only parents have the right to direct the medical treatment of students. School administrators lack the medical training and professional competency to address those needs. Medical interventions are the responsibility of the parent and the doctor of their choosing… Every child has dignity and value. Every child is born in exactly the right body. The protections enshrined in Title IX – including religious exemptions – benefit everyone just as they are.” – Meg Kilgannon, Senior Fellow for Education Studies for Family Research Council
Every American has a right to speak at these national public hearings- even if we disagree. One speaker called for the Department of Education to limit the religious exemption in Title IX in order to limit or prohibit Christian Universities from teaching or implementing Biblical principles related to sexuality.
Again, today is the LAST DAY to weigh in at this “national school board meeting” and tell the Department of Education you STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY CHANGES in their education policies that redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” It is critical that the Department of Education receives your perspective on this issue—otherwise, the only voices they hear will be the ones calling for an increasingly sexualized agenda in schools and an end to religious freedom.
Thank you again for protecting women and girls in schools!
Standing for Families and Children,