Two Executive Orders Will Protect LGBT Students and Sexual Minority Women

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Recently, President Biden signed two executive orders that could benefit the lives and livelihoods of LGBT students and sexual minority women.

The first order aims to protect LGBT students by requiring the Department of Education to interpret and enforce Title IX to prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. An estimated 3.6 million students in the U.S. identify as LGBT, including about 150,000 who identify as transgender. According to the Williams Institute at UCLA, studies have documented widespread and pervasive harassment and bullying of LGBT students at school.

The second order establishes a Gender Policy Council to promote workplace diversity, fairness, and inclusion across the federal workforce and military and to combat gender-based violence. An estimated 5.1% of women in the U.S. identify as LGBT and an estimated 24% of female same-sex couples are raising children, compared to 8% of male same-sex couples. Williams Institute research finds that LGBT women, in particular women of color, are disproportionately impacted by unemployment, poverty, and homelessness.

You may read the entire order HERE.

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