ACLU Files Complaint on Behalf of Trans Nursing Student Denied Bathroom Rights

The Advocate
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September 17, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint today with the U.S. Department of Education against a Florida technical school, saying the school acted in violation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act when it forbade a transgender nursing student to use the gender-specific bathrooms used by all other female students. 

The ACLU had previously warned the Pinellas Tehnical Education Center in Clearwater, Fla., of the violation in a letter sent to its superintendent August 22, urging the school to grant the student, Alex Wilson, "immediate access to all sex-specific programs, activities, and facilities at PTEC consistent with her gender identity.” After a month without response, the organization has filed a formal complaint with the Department of Education.