In 1972, the government passed Title IX, the federal law to ensure that women were granted the same opportunities in school afforded to men. But now the federal Department of Education (DOE) is attempting to rewrite history—and the law. They’ve reinterpreted Title IX to prevent schools that receive federal funding from maintaining separate locker rooms, shower facilities, and restrooms for male and female students based on their biological differences. Put simply, under the DOE’s new rules, at times schools must let boys in the girls’ private facilities and vice versa.
What’s at Stake:
- The ability for you, as an educator, to address the individual needs within your community
- Fulfilling your obligation as an educator to ensure the physical privacy of students in intimate settings
- Fulfilling your obligation as an educator to protect students and victims of abuse from an environment that fosters sexual harassment
Make Your Voice Heard
The first of several federal lawsuits highlighting this issue is now being considered for review by the U.S. Supreme Court. In GG v. Gloucester County School District, a student is relying upon the DOE’s directive to demand access to facilities reserved for members of the opposite biological sex.
A friend-of-the-court brief is being prepared to inform the Supreme Court about the challenges faced by professional educators like you. The brief will highlight the dilemma you face when seeking to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all your students; advocate for authority to resolve challenges for transgender students on a case-by-case basis (without prescribing any single method); and request the Department of Education to avoid making sweeping changes without getting the input required by law.
Help protect student privacy and let your voice be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court by signing the brief by September 20th! Every voice counts.
Sign the Brief
Thank you for visiting this page. The friend-of-the-court brief is now being finalized. Thank you to all who signed our brief and took a stand to protect privacy for our children and grandchildren. Please keep the case Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. in your prayers.
If you have any questions, please call 1-800-835-5233 or email questions@ADFlegal.org.