Pennsylvania ‘Transgender’ Students Sue School District Over New Restroom Resolution

restroompdp-compressedPITTSBURGH, Pa. — Three students in the Pittsburgh area who identify as transgender have sued their school district over its new resolution that students should use the restroom that correlates with their biological gender.

Jacob Evancho, who goes by the name Juliet, Erik Ridenour, who goes by the name Elissa, and a third student who has only identified themselves as A.S., have sued the Pine-Richland School District for changing its rules regarding restroom use.

Evancho, who is the brother of youth singing sensation Jackie Evancho, began identifying as a girl last year. He had previously appeared on his sister’s album.

“Juliet sang the male part, which caused her distress,” the legal challenge outlines. “She considered this to be a huge step backward because everyone who listened to the song heard a boy, but Juliet knew she was a girl.”

Last month, the Pine-Richland School District overturned its longstanding practice of allowing students to use the restroom that corresponds with their “gender identity.”

“This resolution agreed to by a majority of the board of directors of the Pine-Richland School District indicates our support to return to the long-standing practice of providing sex-specific facility usage,” the resolution, passed 5-4, read. “All students will have the choice of using either the facilities that correspond to their biological sex or unisex facilities. This practice will remain in place until such time that a policy may be developed and approved.”

Students could also use the unisex restrooms or the restroom in the nurse’s office.

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On Thursday, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of the three students, stating that the move violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as well as the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“The three brave students we represent are simply looking for equal educational opportunities and for the district to return to a practice that served everyone well,” attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan said during a press conference, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “They want to be able to graduate from Pine-Richland knowing the school recognized and respected who they are.

“Forcing them to use restrooms that do match their identity erases students’ gender identity, endangers the health and safety of transgender students and isolates them from the entire student body and at the same time violates their privacy,” he said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education also told the outlet that it believes schools have to uphold the Obama administration’s recent guidelines on the matter.

“All schools in Pennsylvania that receive federal funding are expected to comply with the requirements as outlined by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice,” said spokesperson Casey Smith. “The Wolf administration is committed to creating a culture of inclusiveness across the commonwealth. The governor will continue to work with the General Assembly to pass comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation that protects all Pennsylvanians.”

The Pine-Richland School District has declined to comment on pending litigation.

As previously reported, over 20 states have joined in lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice for requiring schools to accommodate students’ “gender identity” under threat of losing their federal funding.

“Neither the text nor the legislative history of Title IX supports an interpretation of the term ‘sex’ as meaning anything other than one’s sex as determined by anatomy and genetics,” one of the legal briefs read.

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  • Amos Moses

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    Ten Years After …………

  • Judy Zwyghuizen

    If they choose to be other than whatever gender they were born then they should have no say so or if their so proud of being different that their original gender, let them feel the embarassment of trying to change everyone’s live’s because they need to figure out all of the sudden what ta hell they are!

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  • Reason2012

    So notice the hypocritical logic they use:

    If you’re a man who only FEELS like a woman, even though you still have male genitalia, it’s “discrimination” to make him use the bathroom with other men.

    But if you’re REALLY a BIOLOGICAL woman (who obviously also FEELS like a woman, btw), then it’s NOT discrimination to make her use the bathroom with other men who will now walk in on her, both in bathrooms and locker rooms.

    Behold the hypocrisy of their “discrimination” lies.

    They want to discriminate against everyone else in the name of stopping discrimination. They are discriminating against and endangering everyone else by enabling_perverts, predators and_pedophiles.

    These activists who push these agendas do not care for the LGBT people – they proved it when they rush to defend islam / sharia law when 50 LGBT were killed by yet another person following islam / sharia law. This is nothing but using LGBT to attack Christianity and normalcy.

    Contact your representatives about the REAL discrimination: forcing 100% of women and little girls to use the bathroom with men who will walk in on them in bathrooms and locker rooms.

    And while you’re at it, all girls can sue schools for denying THEM the right to use a girls’ restroom and forcing them instead to use co-ed restrooms where boys can walk in on them, which violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution, which DOES say “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”

    Americans need to start suing their schools that do this in precisely the above manner.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Who is being excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or being subjected to discrimination on the basis of sex?

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Buildings should make transgender bathrooms and never deny the objective truth or place normal people in danger. The mass gets enslaved by villains once the falsehood is made norm in the society.

  • Nidalap

    Great. The new wave in attention seeking children…

  • ComeOnPeople!

    And how does allowing boys who think they are girls into a girls bathroom protect the girls using the restroom. Oh It doesn’t? I see it only goes one way. Sue, sue, sue , it’s the new get rich quick scheme by those who are bent on destroying the culture of America. Wake up people and stop being drug around by the ring in your noses. Get your eyes focused back on reality and don’t allow your thoughts and morals to be controlled by unholywood and devil-vision agenda land!

  • Steve Tapia

    So, Amos Moses’ use of the words “Dykes and fairies” isn’t considered profanity, vulgarity, violent, nor discourteous?!?!

    I’m a bit ambivalent over the admin’s obvious arbitrary blindness here!

    By that standard, I suppose the word “coon” or “niggardly” should be perfectly admissible here, hum?

  • Becky

    It’s only going to get worse and more fierce…thanks to either Hillary or Trump…two enemies of God Almighty. They’re both going to make sure that their rights over-ride the rights of Christians everywhere.