Transgender Sister Of Singer At Trump Inauguration Wins Federal Court Bathroom Ruling

Local students won't be affected by the Trump administration's reversal Wednesday of federal transgender student rights guidance.

A federal district court ruled Monday in favor of the transgender sister of the singer who performed at President Trump's inaugural festivities seeking to use the bathroom at her Pennsylvania school consistent with her gender identity - but not on the same terms as the contention in similar litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Obama administration letter guiding schools on to how the Departments of Justice and Education would interpret federal nondiscrimination statutes under Title IX was released almost a month later.

Plaintiffs in the case are three Pine-Richland High School students, including Jacob "Juliet" Evancho, the brother of Jackie Evancho who identifies as "transgender".

Throughout high school, the plaintiffs-two who identify as female and one who identifies as male-have "lived every facet of their in-school and out-of-school lives consistently with their respective gender identities rather than their 'assigned sexes, ' " the judge wrote.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education issued the original guidance to explain how schools should treat transgender student to remain in compliance with Title IX.

Hornak stopped short of concluding that the students also enjoyed protection under Title IX, a law that grants protections on the basis of sex in education.

Superintendents in several area school districts said there are no plans to change policies enacted past year to protect transgender students.

Tom Kopp, superintendent of Keshequa Central School, echoed Cole's comments "as representative of Keshequa's position". And for decades, it has prohibited gender-based discrimination at penalty of losing all federal funding. "Since that time, the Department has not enforced that part of the guidance, thus there is no immediate impact to students by rescinding this guidance", she said.

The state passed a law in 2013 that provides protections for transgender people in public places like schools.

Both the students and their supporters see this as a victory.

John Ellis, the school's counselor, said the withdrawal of the guidance will not change the school's operation at all.

Superintendent Gordon Pritz said the school district "is and has been fully committed to the education, safety and privacy of each of the students attending our schools".

"The decisions our students and families are making related to this issue, as well as the many other issues involved in growing up in our ever-changing, complex world are far too important to allow national or state politics into our school house", said Cole. Grimm has been represented by the ACLU in his case against the school district, and arguments will be heard in his case by the Supreme Court on March 28. Forcing transgender students to use facilities that are incongruous with their identity is not only a violation of their fundamental rights but also a significant safety risk.

Adolescence is already a confusing time for many students, however if you do not identify with your external gender it can be even more hard.

  • Annette Adams