In response to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling affirming the rights of a transgender high school student, Ash Whitaker, to use the bathroom that matches his gender identity, GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, released the following statement yesterday 31 May:
“This ruling justly affirms the rights of transgender students to attend school free from discrimination. The court’s message to schools, school districts, and states is clear: you must protect transgender and gender-nonconforming students from discrimination and provide an educational environment in which they can thrive.
“No child should be denied that right, no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, ability or economic status. GLSEN was deeply disappointed and concerned by the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Title IX guidance which encouraged schools to protect transgender students.
“Today’s decision is a legal vindication of the very need for that guidance. As we have said for some time, federal protections – including Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment – apply to all Americans, regardless of gender identity.”