Fed judge asked to reverse district’s gender restroom rules

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Attorneys for three transgender students want a federal judge to force a Pennsylvania school district to let them use the restrooms of their choosing until their lawsuit over the issue is heard by the court or settled.

The Pine-Richland High School students, two born biologically male who now identify as female and one born biologically female who identifies as male, sued in October. They say the district let students use restrooms based on their gender identities for years until the school board changed the practice in September while it researches adopting a formal policy.

The district has argued the federal Title IX statute defines gender in biological terms only, and that their policy is not illegally discriminatory. The district says the current rules protect the privacy of other students.

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