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Federal guidelines issued to protect Transgender students – Title IX further outlines guidelines to protect all LGBT students

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The federal government has issued new guidelines to protect Transgender students from sexual violence in schools. In a guidance document issued April 29, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) makes clear for the first time that Trans students are protected from discrimination and violence under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX, renamed the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in 2002, after its House sponsor Representative Patsy Mink (D-HI), prohibits discrimination in school programs and activities on the basis of sex. ‘No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance,’ the operative part of the act reads. Since almost all public – a

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