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Biden Administration proposes new regulations on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which sweeps gender identity under the protection of the law.

“The regulations … strengthen protection for LGBTQI + students facing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” the Department of Education said.

Title IX, enacted into law in 1972, prohibits gender-based discrimination in federally funded schools. “No person in the United States should be excluded from participation, excluded from benefits, or discriminated against under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance on the basis of sex.”

“My administration will continue to fight tirelessly to fulfill the promise of Title IX — each individual must have an opportunity to continue their education without discrimination and to realize their full potential,” President Biden said in a statement.

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The administration says it will release additional rules on transgender students’ participation in sports, a move that could face a pushback from Republicans.

President Biden's administration has proposed a new interpretation of Title IX, a non-discriminatory law to include 'gender identity'.

President Biden’s administration has proposed a new interpretation of Title IX, a non-discriminatory law to include ‘gender identity’.
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House Republicans introduced legislation in 2021 that would prohibit persons assigned to men at birth from participating in women’s sports. In April, GOP lawmakers signed a petition to force the House to vote on the bill. Also last year, Florida Governor Ron Desantis signed the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act”, which prohibits men from participating in women’s athletics from birth.

“You can see it playing out in everything from using exact pronouns to conducting sex-specific locker room showers,” Matt Sharp, a lawyer at Alliance Defending Freedom, told Fox News Digital. “They think it’s harmful to tell a man that you do not deserve a women’s team and that it violates Title IX and it simply does not conform to Title IX, its original meaning or what has been understood for the last 50 years.”

“This is just one aspect of the Left’s divisive gender identity agenda.” According to Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson.

“It’s more than sports – it’s about protecting women’s civil rights,” she said.

The changes made by Biden Administration’s former education secretary Betsy Divos to Title IX “weakened the protection of survivors of sexual harassment and reduced the promise of non – discriminatory education.”

The Biden administration believes former education secretary Betsy Davos is a 'weak defense' for victims of sexual misconduct.

The Biden administration believes former education secretary Betsy Davos is a ‘weak defense’ for victims of sexual misconduct.
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Accordingly, the proposed regulations “to restore vital protections for students who have been subjected to sexual harassment, assault and gender-based discrimination – a vital safety net for survivors who have been weakened under previous regulations” run back on the orders of the Trump administration.

“Our proposed changes will not only limit certain protections to sexual harassment, but will completely protect students from all forms of gender discrimination and make it clear that those protections will include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

President Donald Trump's Title IX provisions strengthened the rights of defendants to ensure 'right-handed justice'.

President Donald Trump’s Title IX provisions strengthened the rights of defendants to ensure ‘right-handed justice’.
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Trump’s changes, according to the former administration, were a transparent process and schools sought to ensure “fair justice” by referring to authentic evidence.

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“The bureaucracy created in our country’s higher education institutions has often decked against the perpetrators, failing to provide protections such as innocence or adequate capacity to refute allegations,” the Trump administration said at the time.

Fox News’ Kelsey Coberg contributed to this report.