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US Education Department no longer probing transgender bathroom complaints

IANS  |  Washington 

The Department has confirmed that it was no longer investigating civil rights complaints from students banned from using bathrooms conforming with their identity, the media reported.

Monday's announcement reverses a 2016 guidance by former that directed public school students to use the bathroom that matched their identity, reported.

The administration's position was that Title IX, the that bans sex discrimination in schools, protects students.

However, the department under has a different interpretation of Title IX.

"Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not identity," told on Monday.

"Therefore the question is whether a student (regardless of gender identity) has been discriminated against on the basis of sex. Where students, including students, are penalised or harassed for failing to conform to sex-based stereotypes, that is sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. In the case of bathrooms, however, longstanding regulations provide that separating facilities on the basis of sex is not a form of discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

"The and the department believe strongly that all students are to be protected from harassment and bullying and have the opportunity to learn in a safe and nurturing environment," Hill added.

The announcement was widely criticised by civil rights groups, who said it could endanger the welfare of transgender students, reported.

"Once again, DeVos proves she is not interested in protecting transgender students and instead is choosing to advance the dangerous Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ agenda," said HRC



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 13:28 IST