Pennsylvania School District Sued By Transgender Students

Three transgender high school seniors have decided to sue their school district for requiring them to only use bathrooms that match their sex on their birth certificates.

The Pine-Richland School District in suburban Pittsburgh recently passed a school board resolution that completely discriminates against students identifying with a different gender. In the past, the school district allowed the three transgender teens to use the bathroom they were most comfortable with, and everyone was happy. But the resolution, which passed last month changed that.

Of the three plaintiffs, two students, Juliet Evancho and Elissa Ridenour, identify as girls and one student, who goes by the initials A.S., identifies as a boy.  Their attorney, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, advocates regularly for LGBT individuals and believes the district “attempted to erase their identity” by implementing this new policy, which only shows a “lack of empathy” on the part of the school.

“The reality is Juliet is a girl, Elissa is a girl and A.S. is a boy,” Gonzalez-Pagan said. The lawsuit states that the new resolution violates Title IX, which bans sexual discrimination is schools that try to receive federal funds from the government. So far, no judge in Pennsylvania has ruled on this issue, so there is a good chance the case will advance all the way to the Supreme Court.

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