The Downey Unified School District settled a government claim by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights that it discriminated against a transgender student who said he was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools. The school district agreed to give the teenager access to the same facilities and activities as female students, including athletic tryouts and district-sponsored overnight events.
Without acknowledging any violations of federal law, the district southeast of Los Angeles also agreed to ensure that the middle-school student wouldn’t be disciplined “for acting or appearing in a manner that does not conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.” according to the agreement.
The student filed a complaint in 2011 when he was in elementary school. He was diagnosed with gender dysphoria before starting kindergarten but continued to use his male name and use the boys’ bathroom until he reached the fifth grade, according to a resolution letter sent by the education department’s Office for Civil Rights to the district superintendent.
It is shameful that “civil rights” means forcing girls to share sex-segregated space with males.