Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Public Policy and Law

First Advisor

Adrienne Fulco

Second Advisor

Glenn Falk


Transgender student protections are at the center of the most recent debate about the scope of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Although LGBTQ+ rights and protections have greatly expanded under all areas of the law in the last thirty years, transgender student rights have most successfully advanced through the judicial system.

Through a close evaluation of executive, judicial, and legislative responses to this compelling policy issue, the development of transgender student rights is explored. This analysis, which provides a comprehensive overview of the current legal landscape of transgender student protections, ultimately determines that the courts are the best avenue for securing transgender student protections under the law. This research contributes fresh insight into the transgender student rights debate in order to further support and legitimize the argument for extending Title IX’s protections, especially through litigation on behalf of LGBTQ+ students.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Law.

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