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Biden administration’s Title IX proposal receives stark warning from UN expert

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The Biden administration’s proposed expansion of Title IX to include gender identity and prevent schools from banning transgender athletes was met with pushback from a U.N. expert, who expressed concerns about the potential violation of biological women and girls’ rights.

The expert also warned about the potential loss of privacy and increased risk of injury and harassment for women and girls.

The proposed rule would prevent schools from imposing a “one-size-fits-all” ban on transgender students from playing on sports teams consistent with their gender identity, affirming that students benefit from the opportunity to join school sports teams. (Trending: Melania Trump Announces Big Change For 2024)

Reem Alsalem wrote, “I share the concern expressed by women and girl athletes and women sports associations, as well as women and girls on sports scholarships, that the proposed Title IX rule changes would have detrimental effects on the participation of biological women and girls in sports, including by denying them the opportunity to compete fairly, resulting in the loss of athletic and scholarship opportunities.”

“More importantly, it would lead to the loss of privacy, an increased risk of physical injury, heightened exposure to sexual harassment and voyeurism, as well as a more frequent and accumulated psychological distress due to the loss of privacy and fair and equal sporting and academic opportunities,” she continued.

“If the proposed changes are adopted, they would contravene the United States’ international human rights obligations and commitments concerning the prevention of all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls on the basis of sex,” added Alsalem.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has expressed support for allowing biological male transgender people to compete in women’s sports.

The Education Department wrote, “The U.S. Department of Education (Department) proposes to amend its regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) to set out a standard that would govern a recipient’s adoption or application of sex-related criteria that would limit or deny a student’s eligibility to participate on a male or female athletic team consistent with their gender identity.”

“The proposed regulation would clarify Title IX’s application to such sex-related criteria and the obligation of schools and other recipients of Federal financial assistance from the Department (referred to below as ‘recipients’ or ‘schools’) that adopt or apply such criteria to do so consistent with Title IX’s nondiscrimination mandate,” continued the agency.

The Biden Administration stated, the “proposed rule affirms that students benefit from the chance to join a school sports team to learn about teamwork, leadership and physical fitness.”

“The proposed rule would establish that policies violate Title IX when they categorically ban transgender students from participating on sports teams consistent with their gender identity just because of who they are. The proposed rule also recognizes that in some instances, particularly in competitive high school and college athletic environments, some schools may adopt policies that limit transgender students’ participation,” continued the administration.

“The proposed rule would provide schools with a framework for developing eligibility criteria that protects students from being denied equal athletic opportunity, while giving schools the flexibility to develop their own participation policies,” continued their statement.

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