Letters to Agency Heads in Response to President Biden's Executive Order January 20, 2021
President Biden’s EO regarding gender identity and sexual orientation requires all federal agencies to review their policies, regulations, and guidances within the next 100 days (commencing 1/20/2021), to determine what revisions should be made to prevent sex discrimination. As with the Equality Act, the EO does not treat “sex,” “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity,” as conceptually and analytically distinct categories. Instead, both the EA and the EO place all three in the category “sex.” What this means is that biological sex and gender identity are treated as the same, thereby negating women’s sex based rights.
Once the agencies have completed their reviews, their proposed rule changes will be made available for public comment. We will make public comments at that time and encourage and facilitate you to do the same. However, we also plan to contact selected agency officials as they undertake their policy reviews. So far, we have written to the director of the Bureau of Prisons and the director of the Department of Education. As President Biden’s nominees for agency heads are confirmed, we’ll be writing a number of letters and publishing them here. Check back regularly for updates, or, sign up for our email list to have updates delivered to you.
Bureau of Prisons
- Director: Michael Carvajal
- Correctional Programs Division: Louis Milusnic
- General Counsel and Review: (Discrimination, Complaints, and Ethics)
- Ken Hyle
320 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20534
Dept of Education
Secretary: Miguel Cardona
Note: We suggest adapting the letter and sending to your state Dept of Education as well. States may not appreciate enforcing unpopular polices or defending lawsuits. A WoLF poll last fall of likely voters found that 77% did not agree with boys who identify as girls in female sport.
US Dept of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW Washington, DC 20202
Hilton, Emma. 2018. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Why We Must Protect Female Sports.
Hilton, Emma. 2020. Transgender Women in the Female Category of Sport: Perspectives on Testosterone Suppression and Performance Advantage.
US Dept of Education Office of the General Counsel. Memorandum for Kimberly M. Richey Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office for Civil Rights. 2021. RE: Bostock v Clayton County.
Dept of Housing & Urban Development
US Department of Housing & Urban Development 451 7th St SW Washington, DC 20410