Thursday, September 23, 2010

Maine Human Rights Commission Rules In Favor Of Trans Student

I've pointed out that because trans people are transitioning at earlier ages, the trans civil rights fights are playing out now about schools and other presentation issues.

The trans teen student in question that was discriminated against no longer attends that particular school, but struck a blow for her civil rights.

The Maine Human Rights Commission ruled on Monday that Orono Middle School unlawfully discriminated against a transgender student during the 2008-2009 school year by not letting the trans female sixth-grader use the girl's bathroom.

The student's parents had contended that the policy isolated and alienated their child, and created a hostile educational environment, the Bangor Daily News reports.

In its ruling, the panel cited derogatory remarks made by other students, and allegations of stalking and harassment, but agreed with the commission's investigator that there were no grounds to believe that the school had subjected the student to a hostile educational environment.

The school district is battling a civil suit filed by the parents on behalf of their child in Penobscot County Superior Court.

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