Sep 22

Victory! Court orders WI school to immediately halt discriminatory policy against transgender student


Our client Ash Whitaker, right, and his mom Melissa

The complaint in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 Board of Education alleges that KUSD’s policy of denying Ash access to the boys’ restrooms and other discriminatory actions—including school administrators’ insistence on using Ash’s birth name and female pronouns, the school’s repeated isolation of Ash from his peers on overnight school trips, and a proposed policy to require transgender students to wear green wristbands or stickers—violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Source: Victory! Court orders WI school to immediately halt discriminatory policy against transgender student

Yes! I am thrilled to see this happen. I have been sick over this situation. I am so glad the courts have ruled this way. As a parent with a gender-fluid child, I have been sick with worry about where things were headed. Thank you Wisconsin for doing the right thing and putting a stop to the hate. Congratulations, Ash!

One more court on the side of right, on the side of good.

On a personal note: I am so thankful right now, you have no idea. My youngest has been having issues at school thanks to a principle that just can’t grasp gender-fluid, but this gives me hope that we can get the powers that be to back the child and do what’s right. I have a precedent to throw at them now.

About the author


Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.


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