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New Biden Administration rule ties federal funding to pro-transgender policies

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will change interpretation of Title IX prohibitions on discrimination based on sex “to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The Biden Administration rule ties billions of dollars in federal education funding to such policies. The change means “schools that accept any kind of funding, including receiving FAFSA or Pell grants or students who receive federally subsidized school lunch funding, will be subject to the new Title IX LGBT interpretation” reports The Center Square.

In a statement, the USDA stated “As a result, state and local agencies, program operators and sponsors that receive funds from FNS must investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.”

“Those organizations must also update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.”

“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” the White House said January of last year.

The Biden administration said in its announcement this is a push toward “equity and fairness.”

“USDA is committed to administering all its programs with equity and fairness, and serving those in need with the highest dignity,” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said.

“A key step in advancing these principles is rooting out discrimination in any form – including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Sarah Perry, a legal expert at the Heritage Foundation expressed the downsides of the rule:

“A third [change] that is unspoken and won’t appear in the new rule but will have implications, it will be essentially a muzzling of free speech for individuals who for example don’t toe the party line on gender identity and will be forced … to use an individual’s preferred pronouns or be faced potentially with Title IX sex discrimination charges,” Perry said.

“So it will not only require the adherence to these beliefs. It will force speech. It will compel speech in violation of the First Amendment, and we have yet to even examine fully the parameters of how that is going to play out in the court room…”

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  1. JJ Chester

    June 1, 2022 at 11:17 am

    It’s a whole new world if the federal agencies can arbitrarily start changing the actual language in federal laws. Does the Agriculture Department get to change laws regarding discrimination based on sex? Really? Title IX does not address “gender” any more than it addresses “cross-dressing.” However, the Dept of Education, in June issued a notice that it was extending Title IX protections “to include: (1) discrimination based on sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination based on gender identity. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity offered by a recipient of federal financial assistance.” What agency will now change the Second Amendment, backed up by the president’s notion that the Amendment is, “not absolute.” BTW, you can own a cannon, Joe. eBay currently has 13 black powder cannons for sale between $3,000 and $13,000.

  2. J. R.

    June 1, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Time for states to become independent. Taxes are voluntary. States should keep all their revenues, and teach how they choose.

  3. jim

    June 1, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    why should we pay for gender programs. We are teaching our young people that it is ok to change
    their gender, and we must respect there idoiti0c decisions. Not for me I will still laugh at them.

  4. catherine

    June 2, 2022 at 9:42 am

    This needs to be made unconstitutional. Where is freedom for the 99% who are NOT transgender? More BS from those who want to destroy US, U.S.

  5. MicMac69

    June 3, 2022 at 1:22 am

    “Title IX LGBT interpretation” will work better than COVID19, better than a neutron-bomb… Thanks to it in 2-3 generations the US population will be halved and consisting of pussies and snowflakes

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Disney Executive Caught on Tape: ‘There’s No Way We’re Hiring a White Man’

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Twentieth Century Television Senior Vice President Michael Giordano was caught on a hidden video saying that Disney explicitly does not hire “white men” for specific roles.

Michael Giordano’s comments are only a few minutes in the video, with some intermittent reactions; however, Giordano says some damaging things about Disney’s hiring practices and inclusion policies.

Certainly, there have been times where, you know, there’s no way we’re hiring a white man for this…. There are times when it’s spoken. 

Reporter: How would they say it?

There’s no way we’re hiring a white man for this role. They’d be very careful how they’d message that to agents. 

Giordano says that Disney CEO Bob Iger “100 percent” has a say in ensuring diversity in casting on Disney’s shows and movies. While it is not a directive from Bob Iger, he says there should be “a certain amount of diversity” in each show.

The reporter asked if this initiative came from Latondra Newton, Disney’s former Chief Diversity Officer, who is African American and left her job last year. However, Senior VP Michael Giordano said that other people in human resources are also focused on diversity in the company.

Giordano went on to say that while only 10-15 percent of the population is gay, he estimates that a third or more of Disney’s writers are gay, and they “lean into gay and transgender stories.”

He went on to say that when it comes to Disney’s hiring practices, there are “certain people that they won’t see.” He said:

When it comes to diversity, there is a belief that it’s just good for society. But there’s also a belief that it’s going to make more money if we appeal to a wider variety of people and it’s a good thing.

We have shareholders too. There are conservative people who don’t lean into it, but you can make the argument that we make more money if we appeal to a wider variety of people. 

 

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