I first reported that this case was going to court back last June, and a victorious ruling has been handed down!
Nicole Maines and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued her school district when they refused to allow Nicole to use the girls’ toilets, instead forcing her to use a teachers’ toilets instead. The court found in her favor, and according to the article it is the first time in the United States that a state supreme court has ruled in favor of a transgender person on a toilet issue.
Maine court rules in favor of transgender pupil – ABC5 News Des Moines, IA.
Transgender student suit goes to Maine high court | Boston Herald.
This could potentially be an important case. From the article:
“Lawyers for a transgender girl and an elementary school that required the fifth-grader to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls restroom clashed before Maine’s highest court Wednesday over whether her rights were violated, a case that lays bare the difficult decisions facing school administrators.
The family and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued, but a judge in the state’s lower Superior Court ruled that the Orono school district acted within its discretion by requiring her to use a staff bathroom after there was a complaint about the student using the girls bathroom.
After Wednesday’s hearing, the student, Nicole Maines, who’s now 15 and attending a high school in southern Maine, said she wouldn’t wish her experience on anyone else and hope the justices hear her out.
“I hope they understood how important it is for students to be able to go to school and get an education and have fun and make friends, and not have to worry about being bullied by students or administration, and be accepted for who they are,” the sophomore said.”