In a blow to LGBTQ+ rights, a federal judge blocked the Biden administration’s guidance that bans LGBTQ+ discrimination. Back in March 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order that called for the protection of queer individuals within education environments.

The inclusive move was initiated to fall in line with the Supreme Court’s 2020 ruling in the Bostock v. Clayton County case – which protected LGBTQ+ workers against any form of employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “It is the policy of my Administration that all students should be guaranteed an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence, and including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Biden said. “For students attending schools and other educational institutions that receive Federal financial assistance, this guarantee is codified, in part, in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.” Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Under the guidance, transgender students would also be able to play on sports teams and use bathrooms that align with their gender identity.