Victory for Arcadia Trans Student!
Arcadia Settles With Transgender Student; To Apply District-Wide Protections For Transgender Students
The Arcadia Unified School District has settled with a transgender boy over the discriminatory treatment he received on a school camping trip (PDF of the settlement here.)
The boy, represented by our friends at the NCLR, won districtwide accommodations for not just himself, but every transgender student in the district. Arcadia USD will now join districts like LAUSD and San Francisco USD in making sure that transgender students aren’t excluded from activities, sports and facilities just because of who they are.
Congressmember Judy Chu, whose district includes Arcadia, said: “Teenage years are hard enough to navigate when the only concerns are making friends and learning the lessons of the day. But those challenges are compounded when a teenager happens to be LGBT, and basic notions of equal treatment are brought into question. The fact that this young man was excluded from using school facilities is regrettable to say the least, but thanks to his decision to act and not accept the circumstances he faced, others will not face the same discrimination.”
The United States investigated this complaint under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Both Title IX and Title IV prohibit discrimination against students based on sex.
Under the settlement agreement, the district will:
• work with a consultant to support and assist the district in creating a safe, nondiscriminatory learning environment for students who are transgender or do not conform to gender stereotypes;
• amend its policies and procedures to reflect that gender-based discrimination, including discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, transgender status, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes, is a form of discrimination based on sex; and
• train administrators and faculty on preventing gender-based discrimination and creating a nondiscriminatory school environment for transgender students.
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The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), authored by Tom Ammianno and sponsored by EQCA, NCLR, ACLU of California, the GSA Network and Transgender Law Center, would mean that instead of having to fight each school district in court, all California school districts would have sane, safe policies for ending the exclusion of transgender students. Urge Gov. Brown to sign the School Success and Opportunity Act by filling out our action alert.