New Developments in Transgender Access and Student Privacy Issues

When transgender students have requested to use restrooms that align with their gender identity, it has sometimes created controversies in schools. While some school districts have permitted transgender students to use these restrooms without incident, other districts have strongly opposed such policies.  For example, school officials have denied requests by arguing that these policies violate the privacy rights of cisgender students, which has led to litigation. At the same time, the Trump administration has rescinded departmental guidance on this matter, and there is no U.S. Supreme Court decision to offer direction. This session will examine the current status of the law; help you understand what your circuit has decided about this matter; and examine how litigation might be avoided with regard to transgender restroom access.

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Suzanne Eckes
JD, PhD, Indiana University