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HRC: Supreme Court Upholds Lower Court Ruling Affirming Trans Students

May 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to news that the Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from the Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF) over a third circuit ruling in Doe v. Boyertown Area School, meaning that students in that school district will be permitted to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identities.

“This is a critical victory for transgender students throughout the United States,” said Robin Maril, HRC Associate Legal Director. “Again and again, federal courts have affirmed the right of students to use facilities that align with their gender identity, and this latest decision by the Supreme Court to reject an appeal to overturn Boyertown’s policy affirms that pattern of equality under the law for all students, regardless of gender identity. The fight is far from over, and from the ballot box to the courts, we will never stop advocating on behalf of transgender and nonbinary students.”

The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) over a ruling by the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld Boyertown Area School’s policy allowing students to use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign will continue to fight alongside coalition partners in ensuring transgender students are treated with dignity and respect in their school environments.

 

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

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