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Transgender student sues Indiana district over restrooms

By: The Associated Press
February 28, 2018 Updated: February 28, 2018 at 3:20 pm
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LGBT lanyards hang from a stand during the Circle City IN Pride Festival on June 11, 2016, in Downtown Indianapolis. (Photo: Jackie Molloy/IndyStar )

INDIANAPOLIS — A transgender student is suing a southern Indiana school district for denying him use of male restrooms.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a federal complaint against the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. last week on behalf of the student. It says the high school junior identified only as J.A.W. was told he’s not allowed to use male restrooms and instead could use the school nurse’s bathroom.

J.A.W. is listed as female on his birth certificate but identifies as male.

School district spokesman Jason Woebkenberg tells The Indianapolis Star the district believes it meets state and federal legal requirements as they relate to transgender students.

A federal appeals court in May ruled in favor of a transgender student who challenged a Wisconsin school district’s policy limiting his bathroom usage.

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