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  • FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, transgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, that Nicole Maines should have been allowed to use the bathroom of her choice in 2009 after school officials required her to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls' restroom. The high court concluded that the Orono school district's actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, a state law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    Maine court rules in favor of transgender pupil

    School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind.

  • FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, transgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, that Nicole Maines should have been allowed to use the bathroom of her choice in 2009 after school officials required her to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls' restroom. The high court concluded that the Orono school district's actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, a state law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    Court: Transgender student's rights were violated

    A transgender fifth-grader should have been allowed to use the girls' bathroom, Maine's highest court ruled Thursday, concluding that school officials violated state anti-discrimination law.

  • FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, transgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, that Nicole Maines should have been allowed to use the bathroom of her choice in 2009 after school officials required her to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls' restroom. The high court concluded that the Orono school district's actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, a state law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    Transgender girl wins fight for bathroom of her choice

    A Maine transgender student can use the bathroom of her choice and can’t be forced to use the unisex facility recommended by school officials, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday, in a case being closely watched by gay rights groups and school districts around the country.

  • Transgender child's bathroom battle raises a legal case of sex identity

    In what is seen as an important legal test for transgender rights, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard a case Wednesday on whether an elementary school discriminated against a boy who identifies as a girl when it required her to use a unisex staff bathroom instead of the girls' bathroom.

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  • Nicole, who's now 16, said after arguments before the high court last summer that she hoped the justices understood the importance of going to school, getting an education and making friends without having to be "bullied" by other students - or school administrators.

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