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Idaho is suing the federal government over new Title IX protections for LGBTQ+ students and employees

Idaho is joining a lawsuit challenging the inclusion of LGBTQ+ students in federal protections.

In April, the Education Department released a new version of Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits schools that receive federal funding from discriminating against employees and students based on gender. It now also includes protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“These final regulations clarify Title IX’s requirement that schools promptly and effectively address all forms of sex discrimination,” Assistant Secretary of State for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon said in a press release.

On Monday, Mississippi, Louisiana, Montana and Idaho filed a joint complaint challenging the inclusion of these protections. In a press release, Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador wrote that the new language “endangers decades of progress and opportunity for our women while subjecting them to the indignity of being exposed to men in their locker rooms and bathrooms,” in an apparent reference to transgender individuals .

The federal requirements appear to conflict with Idaho law banning transgender students from using the restroom of their preferred gender, which is currently subject to a restraining order.

In early April, Gov. Brad Little also signed a law banning schools from requiring teachers to use their students' preferred pronouns.

In a statement released Tuesday, Idaho Superintendent Debbie Critchfield said she supports the lawsuit and has concerns about the implementation of the new regulation.

The new Title IX rule is scheduled to take effect on August 1st.

Anna Harden

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