The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee today sent a letter to every school district in the state explaining that allowing transgender students access to restrooms and other sex-segregated facilities is required by federal anti-discrimination law.
“Transgender students are a part of our communities and our schools, and they should be treated with dignity and respect just like everyone else,” Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director said. “Schools have a duty to ensure that all students, including transgender children, can learn in a welcoming and harassment-free environment.”
ACLU spokesperson Lindsay says, Tennessee’s letter was sent to clarify misleading assertions made by the Alliance Defending Freedom about schools’ responsibilities to transgender students under federal law.
Alliance Defending Freedom recently sent a letter to Tennessee schools advising practices that could put schools at risk of violating the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, exposing schools to legal liability.
Legislation pending in the Tennessee General Assembly could also put schools at similar risk (continue reading at Fox17)