A legal motion was filed in defense of the Boyertown Area School District’s practice of allowing transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender on April 3rd by The American Civil Liberties Union and its subchapter the ACLU of Pennsylvania, as announced by their website.
The action was filed on behalf of Aidan DeStefano, a student at Boyertown Area Senior High School who is transgender, and the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, a coalition of LGBTQ+ youth organizations and leaders. One such organization is Boyertown Gay-Straight Alliance, whose members include students directly affected by the lawsuit.
“Transgender students just want what everyone else wants, to be accepted for who we are,” said Aidan DeStefano. “Reversing the practices that have allowed me and other trans kids to thrive at school would be devastating.”
“It’s important that trans students are given the opportunity to defend themselves against these shameful attempts to isolate and stigmatize them,” said Leslie Cooper, senior staff attorney at the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project. “Schools can and should provide extra privacy protections or private restroom or changing areas for any student who requests it. But no student has a right to demand that transgender students be segregated from their peers.”
Read the ACLU’s full press release about their defense of Boyertown students who are transgender.
Originally Published 4/5/2017