Target: Orono School District
Goal: Allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
Nicole Maines is a male-to-female transgender high school student who is currently fighting for the right to use the girls’ restroom at school. The Orono school district in the state of Maine made the decision for Maines to use a separate staff bathroom while in school. What the school district may not realize is that by forcing Maines to use a separate bathroom, they are unfairly singling her out.
Maines is a 15 year old high school student who previously used the girls’ restroom in school. After the high school received complaints about Maines using that bathroom, she was forced to use the staff bathroom. In 2009, Maine’s parents filed suit against the school along with the Maine Human Rights Commission. The Supreme Judicial Court of Maine is hearing the case now and questioning whether the Orono school district violated the Maine Human Rights Act, which forbids discrimination based on sex or sexual orientation.
This is not an uncommon or unheard of issue. Across America, families of transgender students have fought and are currently fighting with schools because of actions taken against transgender students in school. Recently, cases similar to Nicole Maines’s case have been heard in both Colorado and Arizona. Using public restrooms is one of the toughest and most uncomfortable issues that transgender people, not only students, have to deal with on a daily basis. It is not easy for Trans people to use public restrooms with the constant worry that someone will notice they are not biologically male or female. In Maines’s case, she argues that the school zone is not a place for bullying from both students and the faculty. In high school, almost every teenager’s goal is to blend in with the crowd, not stand out. By the Orono school district refusing to allow Nicole Maines access to the girls’ bathroom, the school is creating a clear distinction between Maines and the other students.
By signing this petition, you will help urge the Orono school district and other school districts across the country to allow transgender students access to the bathroom that best matches the gender they identify with.
Dear Orono school district,
Nicole Maines is not only a transgender individual, but also a student at your high school who deserves the same rights as any other student. She has been denied access to the girls’ bathroom due to her identity as a Trans woman. Currently, she is being forced to use a separate staff bathroom, which makes her stand out even more.
Across the country, transgender teens deal with the choice of which bathroom to use in schools. It should not be a decision for the schools to make for the students. It is hard enough dealing with the thoughts of what others may think of you if you use a certain bathroom. Let the transgender students use the bathroom that agrees with their gender identity.
I urge you to allow Maines and other transgender students access to the bathroom that corresponds best with their gender identity, while also giving them the option of using a separate bathroom. Please let the Trans students chose for themselves.
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