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Suit claims 8-year-old transgender student was harassed, misgendered

Court Rules That Transgender Students Can Use The School Bathroom That Matches Their Gender Identity
Posted at 10:50 AM, Aug 05, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced a lawsuit against the Williamson County Board of Education and the Tennessee Department of Education in the District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee for a law that denies transgender students and staff access to bathrooms, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities that reflect their gender identity.

A similar lawsuit was filed in August 2021 on behalf of two students who were enrolled in Tennessee schools at the time.

Due to the plaintiffs moving out of state, however, that lawsuit was dismissed, the foundation said.

The case now being brought forward is on behalf of an 8-year-old transgender girl entering the third grade. The child began her social transition at the age of 6 and was often misgendered or harassed when attempting to share her gender identity.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, while the child was experiencing that trauma, her parents made multiple attempts to speak with school officials to help support her. However, the administration was unable to provide her with the support she needs as the School Facilities Law had come into full effect.

"These issues included [the child] having to clean restrooms covered in human waste before using them and outing herself as transgender to other students or janitorial staff," the lawsuit detailed. "Limiting [her] to the use of these “alternative” restrooms reinforces the differential treatment and trauma associated with living under the School Facilities Law."

The plaintiffs allege that the Tennessee law violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in federally funded education programs.

This article was written by Kelly Broderick for WTVF.