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National PTA Statement on Proposed Memo by HHS’s Strict Definition of Gender for Title IX

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LaWanda Toney, Director of Strategic Communications

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct.23, 2018)—National PTA® is concerned by recent media reports by the New York Times, Politico and more that the administration is considering a proposal to redefine sex under Title IX as strictly male or female. National PTA is committed to defending the rights of all children and youth, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. National PTA strongly urges the administration to refrain from releasing any rule that would change the definition of gender to the biological sex assigned at birth.

National PTA stands behind its resolution on the Recognition of LGBTQ Individuals as a Protected Class. National PTA and its constituent associations will continue advocate for legislation that explicitly recognizes LGBTQ as a protected group and addresses discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The association will also seek to ensure educators have the training to support all students and that health education standards appropriately address the issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

 “The protection of our students—regardless of their gender identity and gender expression—is a matter we do not take lightly,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “All students deserve to attend schools that are safe, supportive and accepting environments free from discrimination. We continue to do the work that not only protects our children and youth, but educates parents, families, educators and community members on how to handle discrimination.”

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