Another Transgender Lawsuit on the List

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by Joe Gallagher  •  •  July 29, 2016   

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KENOSHA, Wis. ( - Another transgender person is suing her school district for not being recognized as a boy.

On July 19, 16-year-old Ashton Whitaker sued the Kenosha School District of Wisconsin for allegedly violating Title IX. She accuses the school of not treating her like a boy: They won't refer to her by her transgender name "Ash," and they don't permit her to use the male restroom.

In an interview Thursday, she complained, "I'm pretty sure I cried. I was really upset because I didn't know what I was going to do. Like, I was really broken up about it."

Whitaker's attorney, Rock Pledl, believes the school's conduct violates Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. He said to a local news station, "Transgender youth are struggling with the issue of their identity, but if they're not received well by people around them, then they can have additional psychological problems and so this has been very stressful for him."

"The degree to which the administration has just continued to harass him [Ash] over and over and raising the stakes when you'd think it'd be the opposite," he continued. "You'd think they'd be looking for a way to make his life at that high school more pleasant."

On the other hand, the attorney for the school district, Ron Stadler, begs to differ. "The district is confident that when the litigation process establishes accurate facts and applies them to the proper legal standards, its policies and practices will be found to be in total compliance with all laws."

Wisconsin is one of 23 states suing the Obama administration over its transgender bathroom mandate asking that all public schools allow students to use the bathroom that correlates with the gender identity of their choice.


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