Transgender student Andraya Williams has come forward with a complaint that a campus security officer at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina asked her for identification to verify her gender after she exited the women’s restroom. She said six back-up officers also arrived to examine her card. Then, she said she was detained for an hour and suspended from school, making her miss classes.
Transgender Law Center is monitoring the situation and working with Andraya and her lawyers to offer our support and assistance.
Sadly, Andraya’s story is not uncommon. At Transgender Law Center we hear from thousands of people each year who have experienced this type of discrimination in their daily lives. We are glad more people like Andraya are finding the courage to be visible and share their stories publicly which is in turn raising awareness and transforming our culture to be more accepting, one step at a time.
Recently federal officials from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights have stated that transgender students are protected from discrimination by Title IX, the federal education nondiscrimination statute. In a similar case in 2013 involving denial of restroom and locker room access to a transgender boy at a public school in California, the federal agencies stated that the school must treat the youth the same as other boys. “All students, including transgender students, have the right to attend school free from discrimination based on their sex,” said Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
Read Andraya’s full statement here…