Circuit Court rules in favor of transgender students in Oregon

Feb 14, 2020

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The 9th Circuit court on February 12, 2020, issued its decision in the case, Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School Dist. No. 2. 

The court ruled in favor of transgender students’ rights to be safe in schools. The Court correctly ruled that the Oregon school’s policy that allows transgender students, and all students, to use bathrooms consistent with their self-identified gender is to “avoid discrimination and ensure the safety and well-being of transgender students” and that this policy does not violate Title IX or other legal rights as claimed by a group of parents.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) signed onto an amicus brief in support of the students who are transgender. NASW members can read the brief in the NASW Amicus Brief Database. The amicus brief argued that excluding transgender students from bathrooms that correspond with their gender identities can cause both physical and emotional harm and is a form of sex-based discrimination. Many of these students already suffer from bullying and harassment.

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