It is my pleasure to announce that WPATH is in the process of creating a "WPATH News Room” section within our website. We will be archiving newsworthy events in this area for your use, and also to advise any reader searching our pages about issues we feel are important to WPATH constituencies.
In the news this week, the US Dept. of Education has offered guidance that makes it clear that the federal Title IX law prohibits discrimination against transgender students. The guidance from the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), States: "Title IX protects all students at recipient institutions from sex discrimination, including sexual violence. Any student can experience sexual violence: from elementary to professional school students; male and female students; straight, gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender students; part-time and full-time students; students with and without disabilities; and students of different races and national origins.
"This announcement is a breakthrough for transgender students, who too often face hostility at school and refusal by school officials to accept them for who they truly are," said NCTE Policy Director Harper Jean Tobin. "It is now clearer than ever that schools nationwide are responsible for ensuring that transgender students are respected and safe, and students can seek protection from the Department of Education and the courts if schools fail to do so.
"Title IX (of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act) prohibition of sex discrimination is explicitly extended to include claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. Transgender students who attend public or private schools (K-12 and colleges and universities) that receive any federal assistance can file formal complaints against teachers and administrators for discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex discrimination. The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has produced a helpful document that explains this further: Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students: Your Rights at School, which is available at: http://transequality.org/news.html#DepartmentofEducationClarification You can find the complete 53 page document from the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights attached.
If you have any newsworthy items that you feel will benefit the WPATH membership, please contact our Communications Director, Sue O’Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jamison Green, PhD