Biden administration in the U.S. issued less restrictive rules over baning trans athletes in schools


Related to a trending subject right now, the Biden administration in the U.S. admits schools may bar trans athletes from competitive teams in high school and college sports. This comes as a replica after blanket bans on the athletes have been approved in many states across the country. So the administration on Thursday proposed new rules offering guidelines. Schools would need to consider a range of factors before imposing a ban on trans athletes. It would apply to all public K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities that receive federal funding. “One-size-fits-all policies that categorically ban transgender students from participating in athletics consistent with their gender identity across all sports, age groups, and levels of competition would not satisfy the proposed regulation,” according to a release issued by the U.S. Department of Education. If the regulation becomes final, it would supersede any state law, as it is a federal regulation. Federal funds will be also withholded of schools failing to comply to “ensure that no federal dollars are spent to discriminate against students in school.”


Chris Mosier, transgender athlete and inclusion advocate, declared Thursday: “I applaud the Department for taking this step to update the athletics eligibility rule to advance Title IX’s goal of ensuring equal opportunity in athletics and as this process continues, I encourage them to create the most expansive and powerful rule to support transgender students.”