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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.

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


On:           Jan 31, 2014
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    • mada

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

      Jan 31, 2014 at 11:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Feb 1, 2014 at 6:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Feb 1, 2014 at 8:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 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.

      Feb 1, 2014 at 10:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

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

      Feb 1, 2014 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NoelG

      @balehead: Stupid comment is stupid

      Feb 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien

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

      Feb 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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