Following a lengthy legal battle that extended three years, the court ruled in favor of a Florida transgender in a federal lawsuit involving restroom equal access. The school board in St. Johns County, Florida must now permit transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with a student’s gender identity.
Back in 2015, the student involved in the lawsuit was prohibited from using the boys’ bathroom and was required to either use a single-stall bathroom or use the bathroom for girls. After filing a lawsuit back in 2017, the student won his federal court case in 2018. However, the following year, the school district filed an appeal. Subsequently, the student gained support from multiple corporations, sending an amicus brief reinforcing the student’s Title IX claim, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational activity or program that receives federal financial help.
Despite the ruling, the student’s legal fight may not be over. The school district may decide to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to examine the case as well as the full 11th Circuit. However, both courts have the option of refusing such a request.
To read more, visit https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/florida-teen-wins-transgender-rights-suit-federal-court-n1236287.
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