Washington D.C., Mar 11, 2021 / 11:30 am
A new executive order could promote gender ideology in public and some private schools while affecting both the privacy of women and the intellectual freedom of children.
President Biden on Monday issued an order reinterpreting federal civil rights law to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in schools. The order instructs Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to begin reviewing actions taken by the Trump administration, the first step toward reversing those actions.
The order states the Biden administration's policy, that "all students should be guaranteed an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex…including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity." This policy, the order said, applies to schools receiving federal aid.
This language about fighting "discrimination" against one's sexual orientation or gender identity, said Mary Rice Hasson, the Kate O'Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), is not about preventing "bullying," but is rather a promotion of gender ideology.