Trump Makes a Day One Promise

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( – Former President Trump declared on Friday that he intends to revoke protections for transgender students, established recently by the Biden administration, on the first day should he win reelection this November.

In April, the Department of Education announced a comprehensive update to Title IX, a federal law that prevents sex discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal funds. The revised regulations, set to be implemented on August 1, now include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

During his appearance on “Kayal and Company,” a conservative talk radio show in Philadelphia, Trump stated, “We’re gonna end it on day one.” He reminded listeners that these regulations were instituted through a presidential executive order and pledged to reverse them immediately upon returning to office.

In 2021, President Biden issued an executive order emphasizing that all students must have an educational environment free from sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment and violence, as well as discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Addressing the show’s hosts, Nick Kayal and Dawn Stensland, Trump assured, “Tell your people not to worry about it. It’ll be signed on day one. It’ll be terminated.”

Trump has also outlined several policies targeting transgender rights, including a nationwide prohibition on transgender student athletes participating in sports aligning with their gender identity, and a federal law recognizing only male and female genders. He has further proposed punitive measures against health care providers offering gender-affirming care to minors.

While Title IX itself remains unchanged, the way it is enforced can vary significantly between administrations. Schools must comply with these interpretations to qualify for federal funding.

In reaction, some Republican governors, attorneys general, and educational leaders have pledged to disregard the expanded protections for transgender students under this law. For example, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently instructed state agencies to ignore the new rules and threatened legal action against the Biden administration for any related financial consequences, including potential funding cuts.

This month, more than a dozen Republican-led states have filed lawsuits challenging the Biden administration’s interpretation of Title IX, arguing that it misapplies the Supreme Court’s 2020 decision, which established workplace protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Filed primarily in conservative courts, these lawsuits are likely to at least temporarily block the new regulations from being implemented as scheduled.

The Biden administration is still finalizing another regulation related to the eligibility of transgender student-athletes in sports, which would prevent schools from outright banning transgender students from competing on teams that match their gender identity.

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