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Decisive Win for Pennsylvania Trans Students

Decisive Win for Pennsylvania Trans Students

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a lengthy June 18 opinion, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit Court of Appeals explained its decision the previous month rejecting a key part of the legal challenge by some students and parents to the Boyertown Area School District’s policy of letting transgender students use facilities consistent […]

Two More LGBTQ Issues Fall Off Supreme Court Docket

Two More LGBTQ Issues Fall Off Supreme Court Docket

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | As the Supreme Court’s 2017-18 term began in October, it looked like a banner term for LGBTQ-related cases. Petitions were pending asking the court to address issues ranging from whether LGBTQ people are protected against discrimination under federal sex discrimination laws covering employment (from Georgia) and educational opportunity (from Wisconsin) […]

Cisgender Students Rebuffed in Illinois Bathroom Case

Cisgender Students Rebuffed in Illinois Bathroom Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Federal District Judge Jorge L. Alonso ruled on December 29 that a group of parents and cisgender students are not entitled to a preliminary injunction blocking Township High School District 211 in suburban Chicago from allowing transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. Alonso’s ruling […]

Cisgender Students Lose Round in Bathroom Dispute

Cisgender Students Lose Round in Bathroom Dispute

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Pennsylvania federal judge has denied efforts by cisgender school students and their parents for a preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against the Boyertown Area School District for its unwritten policy of allowing transgender students to use bathroom and locker room facilities consistent with their gender identity. The decision, issued ahead […]

Having Graduated, Gavin Grimm Amends Complaint

Having Graduated, Gavin Grimm Amends Complaint

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the latest turn in the lengthy litigation waged by Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager who recently graduated from his Virginia high school — to establish the right of students to access bathroom facilities consistent with their gender identity — the American Civil Liberties Union which represents him, has filed […]

Seventh Circuit Says US Law Protects Trans Students

Seventh Circuit Says US Law Protects Trans Students

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge federal appeals panel has upheld a trial court’s preliminary injunction requiring a Wisconsin high school to allow a transgender boy to use the boys’ bathroom facilities during his senior year there. The landmark May 30 ruling from the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals represents the first […]

Two Fed Judges Okay Trans Students’ Bathroom Claims

Two Fed Judges Okay Trans Students’ Bathroom Claims

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Within days of each other, two federal district judges issued preliminary injunctions requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the Southern District of Ohio, based in Cincinnati, issued his order on September 26 against the Highland Local School […]