Transgender student at Wisconsin high school wins appeal
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<p>HOLD FOR STORY FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file photo, a new sticker is placed on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. Hundreds of parents across the country have called on President Donald Trump to embrace Obama-era protections for transgender students that call for letting them use school bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity. </p>
Posted at 2:57 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated2017-05-30 17:42:21-04
A federal appeals court says a transgender student who identifies as a male should be able to use the boys' bathroom at his Wisconsin high school.
In September, U.S. District Judge Pamela Pepper granted 17-year-old high school senior Ashton Whitaker permission to use the boys' bathroom at Kenosha's Tremper High School. Kenosha Unified School District appealed the ruling, arguing that the harm to other students, particularly male students using the bathroom, outweighs any harm to Whitaker.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected this reasoning Tuesday. Judge Ann Claire Williams says harms to others are speculative while harms to Whitaker are well-documented. Those include suicidal thoughts as well as medical issues stemming from avoiding the bathroom.
A lawyer for the school district didn't immediately return a message for comment.
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