A high school student and his parents moved to sue Boyertown Area School District with the aid of two faith-based organizations, claiming his ‘bodily privacy’ was violated when he saw a transgender boy — incorrectly identified as female in the filing — undressing in the locker room as he also was changing, reports Kathy Boccella for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The faith-based conservative organizations that helped file the lawsuit are no strangers to fighting against LGBTQ+ rights. The Alliance Defending Freedom was recently added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups. The center claimed its leaders and affiliated lawyers have “regularly demonized LGBT people, falsely linking them to pedophilia, calling them ‘evil’ and a threat to children and society, and blaming them for the ‘persecution of devout Christians.’ ” Independence Law Center, the other organization backing the prosecution, is ‘assisted in its work by the staff of the Pennsylvania Family Institute’, which is known to be anti-LGBTQ+.
Last month, in an outcome that reads as hopeful for this pending case, a federal judge ruled in favor of three transgender students from Pine-Richland School District near Pittsburgh, abolishing a bathroom policy that violated their civil rights and granting them the ability to use whichever bathroom correctly corresponds with their gender identity.
Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), pointed out there already exists a legal solution for students made uncomfortable by their trans peers: The student who felt uncomfortable should be given a separate accommodation. “This does not need to be made into a litigious issue,” Byard said.
Read the full story about the lawsuit against Boyertown Area School District at The Philadelphia Inquirer.