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Adams v. School Board of St. John’s County, Florida

Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Key Date: August 23, 2018
Status: Appeal Pending Before 11th Circuit
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students

Case Overview:

Lambda Legal has a filed a complaint on behalf of 16-year old John Adams, a student who was denied access to the boys’ restroom by his school because he is transgender. Drew has been living as the boy he is since 2015. When he started his freshman year, he used the boy’s restroom without issue. After someone made an anonymous complaint, John was told he could only use the gender neutral restroom, separating him from his peers and making him appear unfit to share communal facilities with others.

Latest in the Case:

On Thursday, July 26, US District Court Judge Timothy J. Corrigan, appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, issued a beautiful decision in the case. The decision affirms dignity for Drew Adams, a transgender boy who had been denied access to the boys’ restroom at his school outside of Jacksonville, Florida. The school district’s policy prohibited transgender students from the restrooms that matched their gender identity – and the court found that the policy violated the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Read the full ruling here.

The school district has since filed an appeal in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case History:

  • December 2017: A three-day bench trial is held, the first of its kind concerning restroom access for transgender students.
  • February 16, 2017: Closing argument takes place.
  • July 26, 2018:U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Corrigan affirms dignity for Drew Adams, finding that the policy violated the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
  • August 23, 2018: The defendants file an appeal of the decision with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • February 21, 2018: Appellees’ brief is due to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellants’ brief is already filed.

Updated January 15, 2019

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