Title IX and Transgender Students
Trans Students Have Rights, the Struggle Continues!

Updated March 15th, 2017

There has been much in the news surrounding Title IX and transgender students.  The Trump Administration rescinded the guidance released last May, which outlined the ways that the Department of Education and the Department of Justice interprets how Title IX protects transgender students. Under the new administration, these departments are now taking a difference stance on the issue, emphasizing states rights.

Luckily, the Administration does not ultimately determine how Title IX protects transgender students.  This is the role of the courts.  Students can still claim Title IX protections, and sue their school for discrimination.  The Supreme Court was supposed to hear a case of a transgender student Gavin Grimm, but has sent the case back to the lower courts for review.  While it would be nice to have a clear ruling from the Supreme Court, this is not the end of the road by any means. 

Unfortunately in the confusion around this issue, many teachers, administrators, parents and youth are taking the withdrawal of this letter of guidance as a signal that it is appropriate to discriminate against transgender students.  We must take this opportunity to affirm our support of our transgender youth.  Youth themselves are asking us to Show Up For Trans Youth.

Please use these resources to advocate for transgender students at your school.  Advocate for policies that protect transgender students from bullying based on their gender identity or presentation.  Advocate for policies that affirm students gender identity and use the model policy resources to help create equitable policies as opposed to reactionary policies. 

As always, the Indiana GSA Network is here to support all LGBTQ+ youth and the educators that support them.  Please reach out with any questions or concerns.  

If you believe your school is discriminating against you because of your gender identity or transgender status, and want to, let us know, we may be able to help.


If you are interested in legal counsel around this issue, we can connect you to resources for legal support.
Even if you do not want to pursue legal action at all, but want your story heard, we would like to hear from you.  It is helpful to know the scale of the issue and show how important it is for legislative bodies to pass clear anti-discrimination laws. 

We'd also like to hear about schools that are doing things well! If your school has responsible and respectful policies for Transgender Students, feel free to share that success with us as well!