Court: MD schools must let transgender students use restrooms/locker rooms
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A U.S. District Court ruled that a transgender student in Talbot County must be allowed to use the restroom and locker room that's "in alignment with their gender identity."
Max Brennan, a boy who is transgender, "was forced by Talbot County Public Schools policy to use separate restrooms and locker rooms because he is transgender," according to a news release sent by the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Tuesday.
The court ruled Monday that "transgender students' right to use the restroom and locker rooms in alignment with their gender identity is protected by federal and state law," according to a news release from FreeState Justice, which filed the lawsuit along with ACLU.
The ruling is the first of its kind in Maryland, as it's the first to "hold that transgender people are protected" by Maryland's constitution, according to the news release.
"I am extremely happy with the court's decision, and think it is a great step in the right direction," said Max Brennan in the news release. "I am hopeful that this case will not only help change policy for the better, but help the students who are bound to come after me."
U.S. District Court Judge George L. Russell III said in the decision that the boy's claims "come down to a boy asking his school to treat him just like any other boy."