Supreme Court Won't Hear Pennsylvania Transgender Bathroom Case

The decision means a school district can continue to allow transgender students to use facilities aligned with their gender identity.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Pennsylvania Transgender Bathroom Case
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided not to hear a case challenging a Pennsylvania school district's policy of letting transgender students use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

A group of students sued the Boyertown Area School District in 2017, arguing that letting transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity violated the privacy of non-transgender students.

A federal judge refused to issue an injunction on the policy later that year, and in 2018 an appeals court unanimously ruled in favor of the school district, saying transgender students' presence in locker rooms and restrooms did not violate the plaintiffs' rights. The plaintiffs then asked the Supreme Court to review the case late last year.

The Supreme Court didn't say why it was declining the case, but its decision means the lower court's rulings can stand. 

In response, the ACLU tweeted "this is a victory for trans students and educators nationwide." But one of the organizations representing the group of students, Alliance Defending Freedom, feels the high court should have reviewed the case, saying "no student's recognized right to bodily privacy should be made contingent on what other students believe about their own gender."