The University of Washington provided protections from discrimination and harassment for individuals based on their sexual orientation long before such rights were recognized by federal or state law.

In 2006, Chapter 49.60 RCW, the Washington Law Against Discrimination, was amended to prohibit discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation." The term "sexual orientation" is defined to include "heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender expression or identity." The term "gender expression or identity" is in turn defined as "having or being perceived as having a gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth."

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities that receive federal funding. Recently, federal agencies have been interpreting federal laws, such as Title IX, to provide protections for individuals based on their LGBTQ status that have not, to date, been clearly identified in those federal laws.

The Title IX Coordinator provides support relating to compliance with Title IX and all relevant laws and regulations that provide LGBTQ protections, not only to facilitate compliance, but to enhance and support a culture of inclusion at the University.


Q Center

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