The Anoka-Hennepin School District is at it again. Even though they’ve been sued for not protecting LGBTQ students from bullying and harassment and until last year, they were under court supervision stemming from that lawsuit, the school district has been discriminating against a transgender high school student. Gender Justice is representing Jennifer Halpaus, the mother of the student, in bringing a charge against Anoka-Hennepin to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for sex discrimination. The high school has denied her son access to the locker room that matches his gender identity.
The Minnesota Department of Education has provided recommendations on how to protect transgender students from discrimination in their Toolkit for Ensuring Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students. Nonetheless, Anoka-Hennepin is arguing that they should be able to accommodate the preferences of anti-LGBTQ parents and students above the needs of trans students by segregating trans kids from the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
Click HERE to read our letter to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights explaining why this practice is illegal and harmful. We break down why an old Minnesota Supreme Court precedent from Goins v. West Group is out-of-step with our current understanding of gender identity and why Anoka-Hennepin shouldn’t be able to hide behind this discriminatory decision.