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Trump judge blocks Joe Biden’s executive order protecting trans rights in 20 states

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Sunny Bryant, Biden state of the union, transgender activist, Texas, transgender youth A federal judge has temporarily blocked protections for transgender students that President Joe Biden enacted with an executive order in a case brought by the attorneys general of 20 states suing for the power to discriminate against trans students.

Judge Charles Atchley in the Eastern District of Tennessee – who was appointed by Donald Trump – issued a temporary injunction against the 2021 executive order saying that it “directly interferes with and threatens Plaintiff States’ ability to continue enforcing their state laws” this past Friday.

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At issue is Title IX, the federal law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex in education. Biden’s executive order said that the law also bans anti-LGBTQ discrimination in schools that receive federal funding because it’s impossible to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity without taking sex into account.

The order was based on similar reasoning used by the Supreme Court in its 2020 Bostock v. Clayton County , which said that anti-LGBTQ job discrimination violates the federal ban on sex-based discrimination. The EEOC and the Department […]

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