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To achieve a fully comprehensive law protecting Americans from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, our movement must work on multiple tracks, creating undeniable momentum that the country requires and is ready for fully inclusive non-discrimination protections ensuring no one faces unfair treatment because of who they are or who they love.

In addition to legislative work happening in statehouses and public education work happening elsewhere, part of this work is happening in the courts – and dozens of legal cases related to LGBTQ discrimination are currently pending in courts across the country. Freedom for All Americans is tracking key litigation related to LGBTQ Americans here. Use the “Explore” filter to track cases based on the state where they’re based, what they concern, whether they’re pending or resolved, or whether they’re filed in federal or state court.


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Topic: Transgender Student Cases

N.H. v Anoka-Hennepin School District

A Case Concerning LGBTQ Student(s)`

Key Date: March 26, 2021 • Settlement Reached
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Transgender Student Cases

This case concerns application of the state's gender identity discrimination law to a transgender student denied the ability to use the bathroom corresponding to his gender identity and competing on the swim team corresponding to his gender identity.

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A.S. v Lee

A Case Concerning LGBTQ Student(s)

Key Date: August 2, 2021 • Case Filed by HRC
Legal Team: HRC
Type: Transgender Student Cases

This case concerns a 2021 bill preventing transgender students using the school restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

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B.P.J. v West Virginia Board of Education

A Case Concerning LGBTQ Student(s) and Title IX

Key Date: July 21, 2021 • Preliminary Injunction Granted
Legal Team: Lambda Legal, ACLU
Type: Transgender Student Cases

This case concerns a law passed in the 2021 legislative session that prevents transgender youth from playing sports in the division corresponding to their gender identity.

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Doe v. University of Scranton

A Case Concerning LGBTQ Student(s) and Title IX

Key Date: October 9, 2020 • Ruling From the 3rd Circuit Denying Motion to Dismiss
Type: Housing Discrimination, Transgender Student Cases

The lawsuit alleges a gay student was repeatedly harassed by a non-LGBTQ peer, with the university declining to step in.

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Joel Doe v. Boyertown Area School District

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: September 24, 2019 • Plaintiffs Drop Case
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Transgender Student Cases

This case is about respecting transgender students for who they are and is a part of the growing legislative and legal momentum against restricting restroom access for transgender Americans.

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Jane Doe v. Highland Local School District

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: February 22, 2018 • 6th Circuit Rejects Anti-LGBTQ Request for Stay of Lower Court Ruling
Legal Team: National Center for Lesbian Rights
Type: Transgender Student Cases

Highland Local Schools in Ohio is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students, including a young transgender girl, Jane Doe. Following an investigation by the United States Department of Education, the District was found to be violating Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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Jane Doe v. Highland Local School District

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: February 22, 2018 • 6th Circuit Rejects Anti-LGBTQ Request for Stay of Lower Court Ruling
Legal Team: National Center for Lesbian Rights
Type: Transgender Student Cases

Highland Local Schools in Ohio is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students, including a young transgender girl, Jane Doe. Following an investigation by the United States Department of Education, the District was found to be violating Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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Kenosha Unified School District v. Whitaker

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: January 10, 2018 • Case Settled
Legal Team: Transgender Law Center
Type: Transgender Student Cases

The court’s opinion made the 7th Circuit the highest court ever to decisively find that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, extends to transgender students.

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Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: June 28, 2021 • U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Transgender Student Cases

Gavin graduated from high school in June 2017 – but his case has not yet ended. The ACLU has continued to represent him. On May 22 of 2018, a federal district court ruled that his Title IX claim had merit. The 4th Circuit upheld this ruling on August 26, 2020.

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M.A.B. v. Board of Education of Talbot County

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: June 18, 2018 • Case Settled
Legal Team: FreeState Justice, ACLU and ACLU of MD
Type: Transgender Student Cases

St. Michaels Middle-High School in Maryland is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students, including M.A.B., a transgender boy, with regard to sex-segregated facilities such as restrooms.

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Adams v. School Board of St. John’s County, Florida

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: June 24, 2021 • 11th Circuit Vacates Original Ruling
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Transgender Student Cases

On June 28, 2017, Lambda Legal filed a sex discrimination case in the Eleventh District Court on behalf on John Adams, a 16-year old male student who was denied access to the boys' restroom because he is transgender.

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Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School District

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: December 7, 2020 • US Supreme Court Denies Writ of Certoriari
Legal Team: ACLU, ACLU of Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon
Type: Transgender Student Cases

Dallas School District in Oregon has long had a policy respecting the gender identity of transgender students. But in 2017 an anti-LGBTQ organization filed a lawsuit challenging this policy, on behalf of several non-transgender students, who claim their privacy is threatened by transgender students using the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.

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Doe v. Volusia County School Board

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: April 4, 2018 • Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied
Legal Team: NCLR & Private Counsel
Type: Transgender Student Cases

A school in Florida is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students, including a young transgender male, identified as John Doe. 

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R.M.A v. Blue Springs R-IV School District

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: February 26, 2019 • Ruling from MO Supreme Court
Legal Team: Private Counsel
Type: Transgender Student Cases

A school in Missouri is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students.

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Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools

Case Concerning School Athletics for Transgender Students

Key Date: July 9, 2021 • Appealed to 2nd Circuit
Legal Team: ACLU
Type: Transgender Student Cases

Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools is a case concerning discrimination based on gender identity or expression in schools. The lawsuit challenges the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and multiple school boards who have transgender-inclusive policies.

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