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The Los Angeles LGBT Center is one of the leading organizations advancing civil rights and freedoms for LGBT people.

By mentoring and developing a new generation of leaders, domestically and internationally, we’re strengthening the global LGBT movement while we educate the public about LGBT issues, mobilize constituents, advance policy initiatives, and work with political leaders throughout the U.S. to promote equality and justice for LGBT people.

In schools throughout the country we’re leading efforts to help end anti-LGBT bigotry and even the thought of suicide among LGBT students. We’re also working to revolutionize the care and treatment of LGBT foster youth.

Throughout California we train social service providers, caregivers for seniors, government agencies, law enforcement officials, and others to help them better serve the diverse LGBT community.

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After revoking the Dear Colleague Letter that provided instrumental guidance for protecting transgender students Betsy DeVos is after Title IX again, this time threatening the protections of sexual assault student survivors. Last week she met with groups from across the country to discuss the responsibilities of colleges, universities and public schools to actively address sexual assault and gender based violence at their institutions. This meeting included both students of sexual assault and groups that protect students who have been disciplined under the Title IX, including vehement men’s rights groups. Given DeVos’ track record of refusing to advocate for vulnerable populations, this doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere good.

The 2011 Title IX sexual assault guidance is meaningful for LGBTQ students because it explicitly prohibits discrimination based on gender-identity and sexual orientation. In addition – we know that LGBTQ students are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault, misconduct and violence. The 2016 Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported that lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students were 3x more likely to have been forced to have sexual intercourse than their heterosexual peers. Furthermore, data form the Association of American Universities showed that students who identified as transgender, gender queer or non-binary had the highest rates of sexual assault amongst both undergraduate and graduate students. Any rollback of Title IX protections for student survivors will undoubtedly serve to undermine the dignity of LGBTQ student survivors making it dangerous to report violence and drastically altering the way they experience their school environments.

DEMAND THAT BETSY DEVOS KEEP TITLE IX PROTECTIONS FOR STUDENT SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT


Please support the Center’s work to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable members of the LGBT community.



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