Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida @LambdaLegal (USA)

Drew Adams is a 16-year-old student at Nease High School in St Johns County, FL who identifies as a transgender boy.  Lambda Legal recently filed a lawsuit on Adams’ behalf seeking access to the boys’ restrooms at the high school Adams attends.
According to Adams, “I started using the boys’ room during my freshman year, when I began living as the boy that I am, and everything was fine. No one bothered me and I didn’t bother anyone else. But then one day, I was pulled out of class and told that I could no longer use the boys’ room, and would have to use one of the few gender-neutral bathrooms on campus instead. Apparently, someone had anonymously reported me, as if I was doing something wrong. I wasn’t.”
Adams’ attorneys assert “that St. John County School Board’s discriminatory restroom policy sends a purposeful message that transgender students in the school district are undeserving of the privacy, respect and protections afforded to other students. Lambda Legal also argues that the school district’s policy to exclude transgender students from the restrooms that match their gender is unconstitutional because it discriminates based on sex in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act.”

Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida — Lambda Legal

My High School Won’t Let Me Use the Bathroom, so I’m Suing It — Lambda Legal

Complaint — filed June 28, 2017

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Apple Metro Inc.

On June 9, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit against Apple Metro Inc., “which operates several dozen Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill restaurants in the New York City area.”  The lawsuit alleges Apple Metro “violated federal civil rights law by firing a woman for complaining about sex harassment” from one of their restaurants.
“According to the EEOC’s complaint, Apple Metro staff made numerous crude and derogatory references to the employee’s transgender status, repeatedly and intentionally referred to her with a male name and male pronouns, and made offensive comments about her genitalia. After the employee complained to management about the harassment on several occasions, the company fired her.”

EEOC Files Gender Identity Lawsuit In SDNY — Huffington Post

EEOC Sues Apple Metro Restaurant Chain for Sex Discrimination & Retaliation — EEOC

OCR Instructions to the Field re Complaints Involving Transgender Students (USA)

On June 6, 2017 the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued an internal memo to OCR attorneys, explaining “the effects on the developments on the enforcement of Title IX by the Office for Civil Rights.”  The letter emphasizes that “OCR may not rely on the policy set forth in the May 2016 DCL or the January 7, 2015 letter to a private individual as the sole basis for resolving a complaint. …Rather, OCR should rely on Title IX and its implementing regulations, as interpreted in decisions of federal courts and OCR guidance documents that remain in effect, in evaluating complaints of sex discrimination of individuals whether or not the individual is transgender.”  The letter also encourages attorneys to “evaluated each allegation separately” and briefly outlines the procedure for dismissing a complaint.

Trump administration’s guidance to Office for Civil Rights on transgender student complaints — Washington Post


Michigan Department of Corrections (USA)

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has adopted a new policy regarding prisoners access to “hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery.”  The policy replaces the former guidelines, which “only allowed transgender inmates to receive hormones if they had begun treatment before incarceration.”  The new policy also “allows for transgender inmates to be considered for transition-related surgeries.” According to Michigan ACLU staff attorney Jay Kaplan, “[t]ransgender people who are sentenced to serve time in our prisons should not be forced to endure cruel and unusual punishment because of their gender identity,” implying that denying incarcerated individuals access to hormones or “transition-related surgeries” is somehow “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Michigan allows transition-related care for inmates — The Gayly
Michigan Department of Corrections revises policy, allows transition-related care for transgender inmates — SPLC

H.B. 2796 (USA)

On June 7 Texas Rep. Pete Olson (R) introduced the Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2796), a bill that seeks to “ensure that gender identity is not treated as a protected class in Federal Law or Policy without the approval of Congress.”
According to Olson, whose bill challenges redefinition of “sex” to include “gender identity” as proposed by the Obama administration with regard to the Civil Rights Act, “The Founding Fathers never intended unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies to make sweeping changes to the definition of gender,” Olson said in a statement. “While we have a new president in office, we must restore the voice of the people given to them by our Constitution and put an end to this dangerous precedent of removing Congress’ power to make laws.”
Read the full bill text here:  H.R. 2796, Civil Rights Uniformity Act

Pete Olson bill aims at Obama protections on ‘gender identity’ — Chron

House Members Act to Restore Congressional Authority on Transgender Definition —

Body Blitz Spa @bodyblitzspa (Canada)

Body Blitz Spa, a high-end, female-only spa in Toronto, Ontario, has recently upset a man who identifies as a woman because they “won’t allow ‘male genitalia’” at the spa.
According to Body Blitz Spa, “We support the LGBTQ community and recognize that this is a sensitive issue. However, because Body Blitz Spa is a single-sex facility with full-nudity, we are not like other facilities. We recognize that this is an important discussion for single-sex facilities to have and we will seek to find a satisfactory resolution.”
The spa also notes “Because we are a bathing suit optional environment, our current policy is to ensure all clients are comfortable in an environment with nudity, including minors.”
We support women and girls’ right to maintain female-only, single-sex spaces free from the presence and influence of men.


Randy Robert Stair (USA)

Randy Robert Stair, a 24-year old resident of Dallas, PA, shot and killed three of his co-workers before killing himself at the grocery store near Scranton, PA, where they all worked together.
Stair, also known online as Andrew Blaze, left behind “an enormous online cache of videos, documents and social media posts” detailing his plans, including discussing his two shotguns, which he named “Mackenzie and Rachel after characters in YouTube videos he created, and lays out in exacting detail how he will use pallets to block the supermarket doors to prevent his victims from escaping. He also names the co-workers he plans to kill, explaining where he hopes to find each of them in the store.”
He also makes several references to “conflict over his gender identity,” stating in his videos that he’s “a girl who’s been trapped in a man’s body for two and a half decades, and I need to get the hell out.”  He also claims he would “dress as a woman” when his parents were out and “secretly wanted a sex change operation.”
Wyoming County Mass Shooter Leaves Massive Online Trail — The Times Tribune
Supermarket massacre shooter left chilling online trail — ABC News
Andrew Blaze (@egsandrew) — Twitter

Derrick Horton / Ralayzia Taylor (USA)

Derrick Horton
Derrick Horton / Ralayzia Taylor

In 2016 Derrick Horton, a man who identifies as a woman named Ralayzia Taylor, sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy in a public park in Charlotte, NC.  Shortly after, the teen and two friends allegedly struck Taylor with a hatchet several times, leaving deep wounds on his back.
“Taylor, also known as Derrick Horton, is charged with two felonies: statutory sex offense with a child 15 or younger and felony indecent liberties with a child. Both are felonies. The former is classified as a much more serious B1 crime, which under North Carolina law carries a maximum sentence in Taylor’s case of more than 30 years in prison.”
All three teens were charged with attempted murder.  “Dajion Tanner and Destiny Dagraca, both 18, were also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and felony conspiracy” while the details of the case against the 15-year-old (the victim of sexual assault who allegedly hit Taylor with the hatchet) remain unknown because he was a juvenile at the time of his arrest.
Unsurprisingly, LGBT advocates in Charlotte allege Taylor “has been singled out because she is transgender” and have raised almost $10k on YouCaring in support of Taylor, who sexually assaulted a child.  Shameful.

Transgender woman faces far tougher sentence than teens who attacked her with hatchet — Charlotte Observer

Yvette Cormier v. @PlanetFitness (USA)

Yvette Cormier is a Michigan woman who objected to the presence of a man in the women’s locker room at a Planet Fitness gym.  When she complained to the front desk, she was told “that PF didn’t restrict facility-access based on gender-identity.”  When she later refused to stop speaking with other members of the gym about her objections to this policy, Planet Fitness canceled her membership and banned her from the gym.
Cormier filed a lawsuit against Planet Fitness, “claiming invasion of privacy, sexual harassment under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (CRA), retaliation, gender-based discrimination, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.”
On June 1 the State of Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming the lower court’s ruling against Cormier, “asserting that [Cormier] failed to plead any valid claim.”
From the opinion:
“Before a plaintiff can establish actionable sexual harassment under a hostile work environment theory or a quid pro quo theory, she must first “allege facts showing that she was subjected to ‘unwelcome sexual advances,’ ‘requests for sexual favors,’ or ‘conduct or communication of a sexual nature’.” Corley v Detroit Board of Ed, 470 Mich 274, 279; 681 NW2d 342 (2004). According to plaintiff, because of defendants’ policy, the transgender man had the opportunity to undress in front of her and to see her undress which, she maintains, is conduct or communication of a sexual nature. See MCL 37.2301. However, the CRA does not define sexual harassment as being subjected to an opportunity for a person to engage in verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature. Rather the CRA requires that the sexual conduct or communication substantially interfered with the plaintiff’s utilization of public accommodations. MCL 37.2103(i)(i)-(iii). It follows that plaintiff must have actually experienced the conduct or communication she complains of.”
According to Cormier’s attorney, David Kallman, “There is no question we’re going to appeal.”
Cormier v. Planet Fitness — June 1, 2017
Court Rules Against Plaintiff Who Complained About Trans Woman in Planet Fitness Locker Room —

Patrick “Tara” Pearsall (Canada)

Patrick Pearsall, a convicted male sex offender who identifies as a woman named Tara (which is his ex-wife’s first name), was recently convicted of sexually assaulting two pregnant women under the guise of a vaginal exam.  Both women were homeless at the time of their respective assaults and believed Pearsall had medical training.  He was convicted after only four hours of deliberations.  He is also facing a separate allegation that “he repeatedly raped a 19-year-old girl – who has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old – in the summer of 2015” and has other prior convictions for violent crimes against other vulnerable women.
Pearsall has also been approved for “sex-changing surgery,” and may be enabled to delay the psychiatric assessment sought by Crown attorney Jonathan Smith, in order to undergo said surgery.  The psychiatric assessment is the first step in determining “whether Pearsall should be declared a dangerous offender and possibly locked up indefinitely.”
The safety and protection of women and girls from violent sexual predators like Patrick Pearsall should not come second to his “gender identity” or any “sex-changing surgery.”
Transgender sex predator faces dangerous offender label — Toronto Sun
Patrick “Tara” Pearsall —