MINNESOTA: Hate Group Drops Lawsuit Seeking To Bar Transgender Students From School Locker Rooms

Via press release from the ACLU:

An organization that filed a federal lawsuit last year to bar transgender students from using locker rooms consistent with their gender identity today announced that they have voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Minnesota had intervened in the case on behalf of a transgender girl, identified as Jane Doe to protect her privacy. A small group of parents, acting through an organization they have named “Privacy Matters” and represented by the anti-LGBT legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, filed a complaint against Doe’s school district and the U.S. Department of Education for protecting Doe from discrimination when using the locker room.

The lawsuit singled Doe out from the rest of her volleyball team and used misleading innuendo and salacious phrasing to depict the ordinary behavior of a teenage girl dancing with the rest of her friends in the locker room as threatening or scandalous just because she is transgender.

“This lawsuit followed a familiar pattern of organizations and individuals mischaracterizing what happens in restrooms and locker rooms in order to target innocent transgender youth,” said Joshua Block, staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT Project. “It’s disappointing that Jane was ever subjected to this ordeal in the first place, but we’re glad to see anti-trans advocates recognize that spreading misinformation and innuendo won’t hold up in court.”

The ACLU argued in the case that Doe has a right to be free from discrimination on the basis of her sex under Title IX, a federal law which prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding, and under the Constitution. The ACLU also noted how using the girls’ locker room and restroom is a critical part of Jane’s medical treatment and has had a substantial positive effect on Jane’s health and well-being.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Good news.

  • Paula

    Why? What are they planning? These people don’t do anything without an ulterior motive.

    • Daveed_WOW

      I think they just conceded because their chance of winning is minimal. Also, losing makes them look like martyrs so they can raise more money. Watch out. They almost turned us into Alabama in November!

    • Judas Peckerwood

      They’re calling out the Big Guns — fire up the Staver Signal!

      • Robincho

        NOT the Staver Signal, PUHLEEZE!!! Oh Lordy we’re fucked sure…

    • RobynWatts

      I have this sinking feeling that they are banking on a federal trial in front of a right leaning SCOTUS at some point.

    • Tor

      You’re very skeptical. I like that in a person.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Thank you, ACLU! If you’re not already a member, what are you waiting for?!!! https://action.aclu.org/donate-aclu?redirect=donate/join-renew-give

    • Jacob

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    • BearEyes

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  • Jacob

    They saw the writing on the wall and the check they’d have to write when they lost. I love it when the entitled and greedy choose their bank accounts over their supposed principles.

  • TJay229

    I have said it many many times.
    When Christians wanna lose a lawsuit, They turn to Alliance Defends & Liberty Council.

  • JWC

    They are lucky its not against the law to be an asshole

  • StraightGrandmother

    I never understood why the complaining parents got to attack someone in court, yet do so under the veil of anonymity. They were permitted to file their lawsuit without disclosing their names and I never thought that was fair.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Jesus. He works in covertmysterious ways.

  • kareemachan

    “Privacy Matters” Don’t they know that restrooms have stalls with doors?

  • Jay Silversmith

    They should’ve hired the Liberty Council. They have a great track record on these matters….bwaaahaahaa.

  • sword

    They have dismissed the lawsuit to save money. The Minnesota Legislature (both houses are Red) is talking about passing a law to bar Transgender people from using the restroom of their choice.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Isn’t it a good thing that the governor is a Democrat. I suppose the legislators may try making it a constitutional amendment, but that didn’t work to well for them the last couple of times they tried.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Related Off Topic: Just heard on NPR about a math professor who just won her case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that her employer, a local college, cannot discriminate against her for being lesbian, which is sexual discrimination. So, I tried looking up this info online and all I can find is an artil about a woman who lost an appeal in the 7th Court of Appleas last year for the exact same circumstance. In 2016 she was told her sexuality cannot be used to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation because Congress did not intend to ban such bias, found a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. I’m sooo confused. Would NPR lie? Awk!

  • To Joe’s lesbian readers: if you met a girl at a club, does she have an ethical responsibility to tell you that she’s a pre-op transgender female and still HAS a penis? Same to the gay men: you meet a hot guy at a club. You come home and find out there’s no penis at all. Are you a “hater” if you’re a bit miffed you weren’t told about this before the pants came off?

    I’m not saying that either scenario is likely to happen, but I think the question’s valid.

    I support the rights of transgender individuals to do whatever they want with their own lives. At some point, though, their “rights” might conflict with the expectations and rights of others. Where’s that line?

    • Tor

      Gay man here. I have met transgender men in bars….
      Depends on how far things go. In some cases it does not matter. In others, the answer is inevitable. I don’t’ think the topic of genital non-conformity has to be the first topic of conversation.

    • KarenAtFOH

      No. Her medical situation is basically none of my business.

    • Cara Ramsey

      Expectations are not rights. Don’t confuse the two things. If you’re a gay man and you end up with a trans man who has not had bottom surgery, you can always just politely opt out. That is your RIGHT.

      But what often happens with trans people is EXPECTATIONS dominate and someone gets furious at having been “misled” (when no one was ever misled because the topic never even came up). And then the offended party claims “trans panic”, which is still a legal BS defense in 49 states, and kills the trans person.

      Almost every trans woman I know discloses that she is trans at some point. Some do it before even meeting someone. Some do it if they think the relationship is starting to go somewhere but hasn’t gotten physical yet. And they disclose whether they’ve had bottom surgery or not, because disclosing in advance is the surest way to not get murdered by some entitled asshole.

  • david fairfield

    I wonder why…they love to masturbate in front of the world with their hatred for lgbt’s. Even if they know they will lose they love the glory of moral superiority. How disappointing.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Ah, the ADF. In Star Trek terms, the “Mirror, Mirror” version of the ACLU, yet simultaneously the ineffectual duplicate from “The Enemy Within.”

  • bkmn

    I wonder if the $24M ACLU netted right after Hair Furor was elected played into ADF’s decision to drop the suit.

    • Chucktech

      Money over Jesus?? Oh, they of little faith…

  • greenmanTN

    ONG! Somebody peed in the bathroom! Alert the media!

  • Jane should turn around a sue the parents. Big time.

  • David Walker

    I like that his horns turn downward in defeat.