PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine’s highest court says a transgender student should have been allowed to use the bathroom of her choice.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday in a case in which lawyers for a fifth-grader argued that her rights were violated when she was required to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls’ restroom.
Nicole Maines’ family and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued in 2009. Maines is a biological male who from an early age identified as a girl.
School administrators across the country are grappling with the issue.
Colorado officials ruled last year that a school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl who was prevented from using a girls’ bathroom. In California, there’s an effort afoot to overturn a law spelling out the rights of transgender students in public schools.