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Trans students aren't a 'hotly contested issue.' They're a reality and deserve respect.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit late last month decided to side with a professor who deliberately misgendered his student. For an entire semester, Shawnee State University professor Nicholas K. Meriwether refused to use female titles and pronouns although the student told him that this is how she should be addressed. The court explained that the law demands respecting the professor’s freedoms: academic freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. This, the court clarified, entails allowing the professor to express his belief that “God created human beings as either male or female,” and that sex cannot be changed. 

Then the Department of Justice published a statement saying the law forbids any discrimination against students based on their gender identity. The DOJ concluded that “the best reading of Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination ‘on the basis of sex’ is that it includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.” 

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