Transgender Student Protection Under Title IX

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A transgender person is one who identifies with a gender different from the one marked on his or her birth certificate. For example, a person born as a female, but who identifies as a male, is considered transgender. Students who are transgender face unique difficulties and appear to be at a far higher risk of suicide than other students, with some studies showing that roughly half of all transgender students attempt suicide at least once by the age of 20.

In May 2016, at the request of educators and school administrators, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued landmark guidance clarifying the rights that hundreds of thousands of transgender students have under Title IX — and schools obligations to respect them. In 2017, the Trump administration withdrew the guidance, leaving many students, parents, and educators unsure about transgender students’ rights under the law.

It is my hope that with this petition we can reach those in power to make a difference in Transgender rights under Title IX and make those rights clear and concise to those that must enforce the policy, those who attend schools, and those who work at schools. I have seen personally the effects of discrimination in schools against trans students and it is heartbreaking to watch young people go through it.  



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