Court rules trans person can use bathroom of their choice

Jasmine Andersson March 16, 2018
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A ruling to allow a transgender man the right to use the bathroom and locker rooms of his choice has been passed.

The motion, passed in Maryland District’s Court, challenges the county school’s directive that says trans students cannot use the bathroom of their choice in educational establishments.

However, thanks to the case brought by the student alongside the ACLU, the student can now use the bathroom of their choice – which is a certifiable victory for trans rights in the state.

“M.A.B.’s claims come down to a boy asking his school to treat him just like any other boy,” U.S. District Court Judge George L. Russell, III, said in the ruling.

DCU gender-neutral bathroom sign
A gender neutral bathroom (Getty Images)

“This Court finds that Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause provide M.A.B. grounds to do so.”

“I am extremely happy with the court’s decision, and think it is a great step in the right direction,” Max said in a statement. “I am hopeful that this case will not only help change policy for the better, but help the students who are bound to come after me.”

“We hope this decision is a wake-up call for the Talbot County School Board” said Jennifer Kent, managing attorney with FreeState Justice. “School systems in Maryland should know the law and should be protecting students who are transgender from discrimination, not singling them out for separate and unequal treatment.”

Trans rights for students have been affray since Trump scrapped Title IX protections.

Under the ruling, no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

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