Court: Locker room segregation of trans student violates law
September 30, 2020
ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Transgender students are entitled to use the locker room that matches their identity, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed in a decision published Monday. The court found it to be a violation of both the Minnesota Human Rights Act and the Minnesota Constitution for school districts to segregate transgender students from their peers in locker rooms.
In February of 2019, the civil rights group Gender Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota argued that the Anoka-Hennepin School District violated a student’s rights by barring N.H., a member of the boys’ swimming team, from using the locker room that matched his identity.
In that case, the district directed the student to use a gender neutral changing space, all by himself. The district threatened the student with discipline if he did not use the space.