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California school, feds settle transgender student’s discrimination complaint

| Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Downey Unified School District
DOWNEY, Calif. -- A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other youngsters and was encouraged to change schools, it was announced Tuesday.

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Christian university gets religious exemption to deny transgender student housing

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Jayce Marcus
NEWBERG, Ore. — The U.S. Department of Education has granted a Christian university a religious exemption from federal anti-discrimination laws after a transgender student filed a discrimination complaint because the school would not allowing him to live in the men’s dormitories. George Fox University obtained the exemption in its effort to deny the student ...

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More schools working to help transgender students feel acceptance

| Sunday, May 18, 2014
Transgender high school students Isaac Barnett, right, and his prom date, identified only by his first name Jasen, get ready to take prom photos in Kansas City, Mo. The seniors, both born as females, are open about their transgender status in their schools and say friends, teachers and administrators have been much more supportive than they expected.
Isaac Barnett took a bold step last year: He told teachers and classmates at his Kansas high school that the student they had known as a girl now wanted to be accepted as a boy. His close childhood friend, who also identified as transgender, was ready to reveal his secret, too.

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Dept. of Ed: Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender students

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S Department of Education on Tuesday issued guidance clarifying that Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools that receive federal funding, prohibits discrimination against transgender students.

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Married, gay students to receive equal treatment in college loan applications

| Friday, December 13, 2013
Arne Duncan
WASHINGTON -- Students in same-sex marriages will be treated the same as their straight married classmates when it comes to federal college loan applications, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday in a shift that reflects this year's Supreme Court ruling that broadened gay rights.

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan: ‘Yes I do’ support marriage equality

| Monday, May 7, 2012
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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday became the second Obama Administration official in as many days to publicly announce his support for marriage equality.

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Justice Department: LGBT student bullying on the rise

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Friday, September 16, 2011
Thomas Perez
Bullying of LGBT youth is making up a growing number of discrimination complaints received by the Obama administration, according to Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

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MN’s largest daily newspaper calls Anoka-Hennepin policy on LGBT issues ‘gutless’

| Saturday, August 6, 2011
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In a sharply worded editorial, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week criticized the Anoka-Hennepin School District, calling the state's largest schools district "gutless" for it's neutrality policy on LGBT issues.

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Federal investigators: Calif. school’s response to anti-gay bullying ‘inadequate’

| Saturday, July 2, 2011
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Federal investigators on Friday concluded that the Tehachapi, Calif., Unified School District failed to “adequately investigate or respond appropriately to the bullying of a gay, 13-year-old middle school student who hung himself in September due to the harassment."

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Duncan to Educators: Gay-Straight Alliances are protected under federal law

| Thursday, June 16, 2011
Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this week warned school administrators nationwide that gay-straight alliance groups must be recognized as having the the same legal rights and protections as other student clubs at public secondary schools.

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