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ERIC Number: EJ1146436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1936-1653
The Restroom and Locker Room Wars: Where to Pee or Not to Pee
Eckes, Suzanne E.
Journal of LGBT Youth, v14 n3 p247-265 2017
As society's views of sexual orientation and gender identity have significantly evolved in recent years, school districts across the country are addressing how to create policies that align with the law in this area. One recent issue involves laws and policies focused on transgender students and their right to access restrooms that align with their gender identity. Within these policies, school officials often attempt to balance requests to provide equal access for transgender students with other requests related to privacy concerns. This article presents a legal case analysis around the most recent federal circuit court decision that provides some guidance in this area. The opinion is important because it is the highest court to have addressed the matter as it relates to transgender students in K-12 public schools. It was also decided within a few weeks of the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice's "Dear Colleague" letter in May 2016. Most recently, however, The U.S. Department of Education, under the Trump administration, rescinded the Dear Colleague letter. As a result, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the most recent federal circuit court's opinion and the issue remains in a state of flux.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania; Maine; United States
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