(The Daily Citizen) The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (DOE, OCR) is holding virtual hearings this week, June 7-11, “to gather information for improving enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.”
The public hearings include the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in education. The DOE’s announcement said, “OCR also seeks the public’s comments on the Department’s role in addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in educational environments.”
The Daily Citizen spoke with Nicole Hudgens, who heads up governmental affairs for the Family Policy Alliance (FPA). She said the DOE hearings are similar to a school board meeting with concerned individuals weighing in on the issues.
Hudgens is concerned that redefining education rules to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” will have a damaging effect on parental rights in education, girls and women’s sports, and privacy and safety in restrooms and locker rooms.