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Title "May 13, 2016 Dear Colleague Letter"
Date May 13, 2016
Author Catherine E. Lhamon, Vanita Gupta
Author Institution U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice
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Abstract The Department of Education and Department of Justice published a Dear Colleague instructing educational institutions receiving federal funding that transgender students were protected from discrimination under Title IX. Specifically, transgender students were entitled to use educational facilities and participate in educational activities in a manner consistent with their gender identity, rather than their sex assigned at birth. Accordingly, schools could not require transgender students to use an individual restroom or changing area but instead had to allow them to use the facilities that corresponded with their gender identity.
Source U.S. Department of Education
Citation Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Sec'y for Civil Rights, U.S. Dep't of Educ., Dear Colleague Letter (May 13, 2016),

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case Department of Education investigation of Township High School District 211 (Palatine, IL) (ED-IL-0006)

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