Federal appeals court upholds Florida High School’s Transgender bathroom policy

A federal appeals court upheld a school policy that prohibits transgender students from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

The debate was around whether a policy created by St. Johns County school board violated the United States federal civil rights laws. The court decided 7-4 that it did not. The policy is being challenged by a former student who himself is female-to-male transgender yet was required to use the girl’s restroom.

This potentially sets up a U.S. Supreme Court battle. The current bench of the Supreme Court has a conservative majority and experts speculate they could be hostile to transgender inclusion initiatives.

Florida has been leading the charge against what Governor DeSantis describes as “woke” policies in education and LGBTQ+ students are often on the other side of those initiatives.

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