Federal judge set to hear suit on transgender school policy

Boyertown transgender lawsuit in court

EASTON, Pa. - A federal judge is set to hear a lawsuit Monday by students who claim that a school district's transgender locker room policy violates their privacy and amounts to sexual harassment.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group, is representing the four Boyertown Area School District students. They argue that their right to not undress in front of someone of the opposite sex is being violated.

One of the plaintiffs, identified as Joel Doe, was changing into gym clothes in the boys' locker room when he saw a student, wearing shorts and a bra, who had recently begun transitioning from female to male, according to the lawsuit.

The district, which has said its policies are consistent with the law, announced in May that it has hired an architect to look at ways student privacy can be enhanced in the locker rooms and rest rooms of Boyertown Area Senior High School.

With a student enrollment of about 7,000 students, the Boyertown Area School District is one of the largest in the region, covering the Berks County boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville, and Boyertown, and Colebrookdale, Douglass, Earl, and Washington townships. In Montgomery County, it covers Douglass New Hanover, and Upper Frederick townships.

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