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Seventh Circuit Upholds Transgender Student’s Right To Use Boys’ Bathroom At School

In a ground-breaking decision, the Seventh Circuit held on May 30, 2017, that a transgender student who identifies as male must be allowed to use the boys’ bathroom at his high school.  This is the first federal appeals court to find conclusively that a transgender student has the right to be treated in accordance with the student’s gender identity at school under both Title IX and the U.S. Constitution.  This is particularly significant for Wisconsin school districts as the Seventh Circuit governs Wisconsin.  While the Court’s decision technically only applies to the student and school district involved and the injunction at issue in this case, it is a strong statement from the Seventh Circuit that federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in public schools protects transgender individuals.

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