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Tidal Wave of Opposition to Biden ‘Gender-Identity’ Plan

WASHINGTON / May 17, 2023 – Last June the Biden Department of Education (DOE) released a proposed regulation that would expand the definition of biological “sex” to include the fluid concept of “gender identity.” (1) In response, over 200 members of the Title IX Network recorded their disagreement with the plan (2). Numerous lawmakers and attorneys general issued strongly worded statements of disapproval, as well (3).

Last month, the DOE issued a second proposal designed to promote the participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports (4). In response, opposition to the Biden Title IX proposals has grown dramatically in recent days:

May 10: Thirty-four state lawmakers sent a letter highlighting the growing wave of violent incidents by transgender activists, and urging the DOE to “immediately abandon its plan to release a new Title IX regulation.” (5)

May 12: A coalition of 26 state governors signed a letter calling on DOE Secretary Miguel Cardona to withdraw the proposed athletics regulation to “restore the protection of fairness in women’s and girls’ sports.” (6)

May 15: Twenty-two Republican senators called on the Biden Administration to withdraw its plan, which could prevent states from enforcing bans on transgender athletes competing in women’s sports (7).

May 16: The Attorneys General in nearly two dozen states sent letters urging the Biden Administration to uphold Title IX protections for female athletes (8).

Individual lawmakers have spoken out on the issue, as well. For example, Texas Democrat Rep. Shawn Thierry recently testified in support of a bill that would protect underage children from medical interventions designed to change their gender (9).

A strong majority of the American public is opposed to the Biden gender-identity plan, as well. A YouGov public opinion survey found that 63% of Americans oppose expanding the definition of sex to include “gender identity,” and 71% do not believe transgender athletes should be allowed to participate in women’s sports (10).