Trans Victory

Maine Supreme Court Rules Trans Student’s Rights Were Violated


In 2007, transgender student Nicole Maines was forced to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls’ bathroom at her school after another student’s legal guardian intervened.

Now, she’s finally getting justice.

Maines has identified as female since the age of 2, and has been living exclusively as a girl since the fourth grade.

The school had agreed to let Maines use the girls’ bathroom, which she did without any interference until a male student followed her into the girls’ bathroom after being prodded by his grandfather, demanding that he, too, be allowed to use it.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Thursday that Maines’ rights were violated after the school reversed its decision and relegated Maines to the staff bathroom. It is the first ruling since a 2005 amendment to the Maine Human Rights Act that added protections for transgender students in schools.

Though the a lower court ruled in favor of the school district, Maines’ lawyers appealed, and she and her family feel vindicated by the court ruling.

“I’m extremely proud of our state and our leaders, of what they did,” said Nicole’s father Wayne Maines. “It sends a message that you can believe in the system.”


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  • mada

    What a wonderful outcome. It does show the system does work.

  • Caleb in SC

    I really love how things were going perfectly fine until some bigoted old fossil had to screw things up by “prodding” his grandson. I swear there is a special place in hell for people like that.

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  • stranded

    @Caleb in SC:
    That’s what i was thinking. It’s not even like the boy did it on his own volition, it was that asshole grandfather.

  • balehead

    The boy would never have done it on his own…because straight boys don’t have any rights anymore…

  • NoelG

    @balehead: Stupid comment is stupid

  • Mezaien

    @balehead: What right you think you deserved? if any.

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