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Lambda Legal notes two pro-trans victories
2020-08-11

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Lambda Legal issued a press release celebrating victories in two cases involving transgender people.

—Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that required a suburban Jacksonville, Florida, school district to treat transgender student Drew Adams equally by allowing equal access to the restroom that matches his gender.

The court agreed that excluding transgender students from the restrooms that match their gender is unconstitutional because it discriminates based on sex in violation of the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The case began in June 2017, after Adams had been told he could only use gender-neutral restrooms.

—F.V. v. Jeppesen: The federal district court in Idaho blocked an effort by the Idaho legislature and Idaho Gov. Brad Little to revive a ban preventing transgender people born in Idaho from changing the gender marker on their birth certificates to match their gender identity.

The judge held that Idaho state officials' enforcement of House Bill 509 is currently in violation of the court's permanent injunction issued in 2018 that declared any such ban unconstitutional and blocked its enforcement.

Lambda Legal filed the original lawsuit in 2017, arguing that denying transgender people born in Idaho the ability to obtain accurate birth certificates discriminates against them and invades their privacy, liberty, and freedom from compelled speech under U.S. Constitution.


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