Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida

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Drew Adams
Status: Open
Court:
Middle District Court of Florida
Issues: Teens & Young Adults, Transgender Rights, Youth and Schools

Lambda Legal client Drew Adams is a 16 year-old rising junior honors' student at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He is transgender, and has been living as the boy that he is since 2015. When he was a freshman, Drew was using the boys' restroom with no incidents. But after someone anonymously reported he was using the boys’ restroom, he was told he could only use the gender neutral restrooms, which separates him from his peers and treats him as unfit to share communal facilities with others.

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Lambda Legal filed a federal discrimination lawsuit in the Middle District of Florida against the St. Johns County School Board in St. Augustine, FL, a suburb of Jacksonville, on behalf of Drew Adams, a 16-year-old boy, who is being denied access to the boys’ restroom because he is transgender, and his mother Erica Adams Kasper.

Drew is 16-year-old boy who is transgender, and will begin his junior year at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, FL when he returns to school in August 2017. He’s an honor student who wants to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist. He is active in his local community as a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic. He plays four musical instruments, enjoys video games, and has several pets, including two rats named Biscuit and Noodle. He says he just wants to be treated like any other boy.

Drew has been living as the boy that he is since 2015. He used the boys’ restroom when he started his freshman year without any incident. But after someone anonymously reported he was using the boys’ restroom, he was told he could only use the gender neutral restrooms, which separates him from his peers and treats him as unfit to share communal facilities with others.

Lambda Legal argues that St. John County School Board’s discriminatory restroom policy sends a purposeful message that transgender students in the school district are undeserving of the privacy, respect and protections afforded to other students. Lambda Legala also argues that the school district’s policy to exclude transgender students from the restrooms that match their gender is unconstitutional because it discriminates based on sex in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act.