Transgender Male Student Files Suit Against Florida School Board, Claiming Discriminatory Policies

By Shane Stahl • January 24, 2018 • 3:12 pm

A 15-year-old transgender male student has filed suit against his local school board, claiming that their discriminatory policies have caused him mental distress and unnecessary suffering.

The plaintiff, John Doe, alleges that the Volusia County School Board has violated Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, the Equal Protection Clause, by forcing him to use separate bathrooms and locker rooms at school.

The plaintiff has been living as a boy and treated as a boy since the age of 7, but the board has denied his repeated requests to use men’s restrooms and locker rooms. Doe was directed to use separate, single-stall restrooms, causing him embarrassment and humiliation.

“Behind these unlawful and discriminatory practices is a child who is suffering,” the lawsuit reads. “VCSB’s conduct, which ostracizes John from other boys in his class simply because he is transgender, causes John overwhelming distress and anxiety.”

Doe is being represented by the National Center For Lesbian Rights. “The student is doing as well as he can, making the most of a difficult situation,” said Asaf Orr, NCLR Transgender Youth Project staff attorney.

A spokeswoman from Volusia County Schools said the school board has no comment on pending litigation.

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