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ACLU, Basic Rights Oregon, Work To Get Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit Dismissed


A gay and transgender rights group and the ACLU are working to get a lawsuit against the Dallas School District dismissed. At issue is whether transgender students should have access to restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Last fall, a group calling themselves “Parents for Privacy” sued the district. Their attorney says allowing a transgender student to use a boy’s restroom violated the civil rights of students who didn’t identify as such.

Julie Rodriguez is with Basic Rights Oregon, which wants the case thrown out.

"It could impact the protections for these vulnerable students throughout the state," says Rodriguez.  "A really disturbing number of transgender people, if they aren’t in an affirming environment, end up attempting suicide. It’s something like 40 percent.”

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The ACLU has filed a motion to intervene in the case. The Dallas School District has also filed a motion to dismiss the suit.

Parents for Privacy did not reply to a request for comment. Similar challenges to restroom access for transgender students have failed in Chicago and Pittsburgh in the last year.

Copyright 2018, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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