Thursday, August 05, 2021

Transgender Students Sue Over Tennessee Public School Bathroom Law

Suit was filed this week in a Tennessee federal district court challenging the Tennessee Accommodations for All Children Act. The suit was brought on behalf of two transgender students. The complaint (full text) in A.S. v. Lee, (MD TN, filed 8/3/2021) alleges that the effect of the law is to force transgender students in public schools to either use a multi-occupancy bathroom inconsistent with their gender identity or ask for a "reasonable accommodation" such as use of a single-occupancy or a teacher's restroom or changing room. Use of a multi-occupancy restroom or changing room consistent with their gender identity is not an option. The complaint charges that the law violates the equal protection clause and Title IX. CNN reports on the lawsuit.