Two female student athletes at Pepperdine University filed suit against the school for discrimination based on their sexual orientation.  They were both members of the women's basketball team and were subject to incessant comments from members of the athletics department about whether they were lesbians and whether they went on dates together and traveled together.  They were treated unfairly with respect to academic requirements, and forced to provide unusual medical documentation but were still not allowed to play even when they complied with the bizarre requests.  The students filed suit under Title IX that addresses a general ban on sex discrimination by educational institutions receiving federal funding.  Pepperdine tried to argue that this statute only prohibits discrimination based on "sex" and does not address "sexual orientation."  Many courts have agreed with this argument in the past, but the California court that heard this case (Videckis v. Pepperdine) held that sexual orientation discrimination is not a category distinct from sex or gender discrimination and Title IX prohibits all forms of gender stereotype claims.  The plaintiffs will therefore be given the chance to prove that they were victims of discrimination and and were treated unfairly by members of Pepperdine.

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