by Penka Arsova
The Supreme Court declined to take up a case that demanded an Oregon school reverse policy allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their identity.
The appeal was brought to the Supreme Court by the advocacy group Parents for Privacy, on behalf of parents from Oregon. The plaintiffs argued that students should use locker rooms and bathrooms based on their sex assigned at birth and not gender identity.
The parents wanted the school district in a rural town near Oregon’s capital city to reverse the decision to grant transgender student Elliot Yoder access to the boy’s bathroom. They claimed that the policy infringed on the privacy rights of the other students.
Previous court decision: A court in Dallas, Oregon sided with the defendants, as well as a federal appeals court in San Francisco, with the judges saying that the policy does not violate the constitutional rights of students or Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.