As national Pride Month comes to a close this week, it's important to consider all the changes that have taken place over the past year. One year ago, the Supreme Court held in Bostock v. Clayton County that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ+ employees from discrimination in the workplace. Earlier this month, the Department of Education announced it will interpret Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 - which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity offered by a recipient of Federal financial assistance - pursuant to Bostock and, thus, will consider Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination “on the basis of sex” to encompass discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Department of Education Announces Title IX Applies to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
[The Office of Civil Rights] will fully enforce Title IX to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in education programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department[.]