U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Oakland) co-signed a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona that stated allowing “biological males to use female bathrooms” put children at risk of sexual assault this week.
The letter was signed by Miller and U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.). Foxx is the ranking Republican member of the Education and Labor Committee.
The press release for the letter mentions nothing about transgender students, but the letter itself, available here, brings up “biological males” in the second paragraph.
The representatives said that the Education Department misconstrued the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County. Bostock ruled ruled it is impossible to discriminate against a person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity without discriminating against that person based on sex. The Biden Education Department confirmed LGBTQ protections in schools in June, reversing a Trump administration order.
The letter states that there needs to be more transparency, the administration is putting politics over student safety and that parents who protest are being called domestic terrorists who are investigated by the Justice Department.
The Justice Department has been investigating the increasing incidents of intimidation and death threats against school board members across the country.
Miller and Foxx cited a sexual assault that happened in Loudon County, Va., by a teenage male assaulting a teenage female in a school bathroom. According to the letter, the assailant was wearing a skirt to get into the girls room. However, that was mentioned only in an article from the right-wing Daily Wire and reprinted by other outlets. The letter claimed that a father was arrested for speaking up about the assault. According to LoudounNow, he was arrested for disorderly conduct at a school board meeting over transgender student protections this past summer.
The letter used the Virginia issue as reason to call for the Education Department stop its use of Title IX to protect transgender students.
Miller has focused on transgender protections before since taking office at the beginning of 2021. The first bill she sponsored aimed to strictly identify gender as “biological sex.” In May, she shared a transphobic story from the Daily Wire. And in July, she hosted U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) who attacked a fellow rep’s trans daughter during a fundraiser,