In early October, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit, Evancho v. Pine-Richland School District, on behalf of Juliet Evancho, Elissa Ridenour and A.S., a third transgender student at Pine-Richland High School who is a minor and identified by his initials.
The lawsuit argues that Pine-Richland’s newly adopted discriminatory restroom policy and practice sends a purposeful message that transgender students in the school district are undeserving of the privacy, respect and protections afforded to other students.
The lawsuit was filed after the Pine-Richland School Board in September voted to reverse the School District’s longstanding, inclusive restroom practice in response to pressure from anti-LGBT groups and individuals.
The vote followed months of controversy, during which Lambda Legal sent a letter to the district on behalf of several Pine-Richland transgender students, urging officials and the school board to reject the misinformation and to continue treating transgender students equally. Lambda Legal attorneys sent additional letters and were present at several school board meetings.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania heard oral argument today on Lambda Legal’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction, seeking to halt enforcement of the discriminatory restroom policy while the lawsuit proceeds and to allow these students to use the restroom at school, as any student should. The district court also heard argument on the school district’s motion to dismiss the case.
Read the press release.