- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 26, 2018

The ACLU of Oregon and the LGBTQ advocacy group Basic Rights Oregon cheered a judge’s ruling this week regarding the case of a 16-year-old transgender student named Elliot Yoder.

U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez issued a 56-page ruling on Wednesday regarding children of plaintiffs who felt “humiliation, anxiety, intimidation” and fear while being forced to use the same locker room at a Dallas, Oregon, high school.

His stance in the lawsuit’s dismissal: Parents have the option of sending their children elsewhere.

“High school students do not have a fundamental privacy right to not share school restrooms, lockers, and showers with transgender students whose biological sex is different than theirs,” he wrote, the Oregonian reported.

Brook Shelley of Basic Rights Oregon said she was “thrilled” with the decision.

The judged added that students who were upset did not have a plight “comparable” to transgender students “who are not allowed to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.”

“We will continue to defend transgender students in Oregon from these harmful lawsuits,” ACLU legal director Mat dos Santos said in a statement. “All students deserve a safe and accepting learning environment, regardless of gender identity.”

Parents for Privacy could not be reached for comment after the ruling, The Associated Press reported.

Judge Hernandez’s full opinion in favor of Dallas School District can be found here.


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