WASHINGTON D.C. — (05-31-22) — An upcoming Biden administration rule change will tie billions of dollars in federal education funding to an array of LGBT protections, giving school districts and universities rules on issues pertaining to LGBT students in order to receive federal funding and stay in line with Title IX.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced earlier this month it will change how it interprets Title IX prohibitions on discrimination based on sex “to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

That change means that schools that accept any kind of federal funding, including students receiving FAFSA or Pell grants or students who receive federally subsidized school lunch funding, will be required to follow the guidelines that include protection for LGBTQ students under Title IX.

“As a result, state and local agencies, program operators and sponsors that receive funds from FNS must investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation,” USDA said in a statement. “Those organizations must also update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.”

The Biden administration further stated that this is a push toward “equity and fairness.”

“USDA is committed to administering all its programs with equity and fairness, and serving those in need with the highest dignity,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “A key step in advancing these principles is rooting out discrimination in any form – including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” said Vilsack.

Sarah Perry, a legal expert at the well known conservative think-tank, Heritage Foundation, said “The rule change would also remove recently added due process protections for students accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault, which could be particularly important if misgendering individuals is redefined to be included in the harassment category. Not using the preferred pronoun of an individual could also land schools and universities in legal trouble under the Title IX changes.”

Needless to say conservatives are already lining up to file lawsuit after lawsuit to prevent this policy from being implemented.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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