The Obama administration is planning to turn its confrontation with North Carolina's bathroom bill into a larger battle for transgender student rights based on its own interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, according to a report.
The administration plans to insist that the existing scope of Title IX provides for robust protections for transgender students in federally funded education programs and activities, and multiple agencies are expected to be involved in the effort, POLITICO reported, quoting anonymous sources.
Title IX states, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." more >>
Chicago Public Schools has announced its students, teachers and staff will be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities. DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society says CPS is taking away children's right to privacy, safety and religious freedom.
The CPS guidelines says "If students request more privacy or an alternate option, schools will provide students with an alternative arrangement. The guidelines also require schools to provide accommodations and supports to students questioning their gender identity."
"Put concretely, boys now have the 'right' to undress in the girls' locker room before gym class so long as they say they would feel more comfortable doing so," Roger Severino, the director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, wrote in an op-ed in The Daily Signal. "Kids and teens have many things to worry about as they grow into adulthood and get an education. But having to deal with people of the opposite sex in their bathrooms and showers shouldn't be one of them." more >>
The criminal complaint and sex assault trials in Cologne are now underway with the case of a 26-year-old Algerian man charged with attempted sexual assault and theft, as the German city seeks to bring justice for the mass New Year's Eve attacks against women.
BBC News noted that over 1,000 criminal complaints were filed over the violence on the night, including hundreds of alleged sexual assaults, with women stating that they were surrounded by large gangs of men, many of them with North African or Arab appearance.
The 26-year-old Algerian man in question, the first of the many trials to come, is accused of participating in a group of 10 men who groped a woman in the city's main railway station. more >>
Some 51 families with children attending a high school in Illinois' Township High School District 211, filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a district policy that allows a transgender student to use facilities designated for females.
The policy, said a report from The Daily Signal, was mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to accommodate the transgender student, who was born male but identifies as a female.
The United States Justice Department has given the state of North Carolina an ultimatum to abandon its recently passed, controversial transgender bathroom law, which allows businesses to chose their own bathroom policies, or risk legal action and possible loss of federal funding.
The department's top civil rights lawyer, Vanita Gupta, sent a letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday stating that H.B. 2, which became law in March and upholds a requirement for people to use bathrooms designated for their biological sex in state-run buildings, violates Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The letter argues that the state is engaging in a pattern of "discrimination" against state employees and also engaging in "resistance to the full enjoyment of Title VII rights by transgender employees ..." more >>
An abortion activist from California says clinics are closing down around the country, including in blue states, because fewer women, largely millennials, are seeking abortions.
Shauna Heckert, the executive director of Women's Health Specialists of California, a group of six abortion clinics in northern California, said in an interview with FiveThirtyEight that "We are a dying breed."
Heckert was lamenting the closure of clinics in California, a liberal state that recevied an A+ grade from the pro-abortion group NARAL for requiring pregnancy centers in Sacramento to install signs promoiting abortion and for allowing girls younger than 18 to have an abortion without notifiying a parent or guardian. more >>