Cases & Advocacy

Adams v. School Board of St. John’s County Amicus

Status: Open

Outcome: Pending

Location: Florida

Jurisdiction + Case Number: M.D. Fla., Case No. 3:17-cv-739; 11th Cir., Case No. 18-13592

Drew Adams is a transgender student at Neese High School. He sued his school for excluding him from the boys’ restrooms at school. On July 26, 2018, Judge Corrigan ruled that the school’s restroom policy violated the U.S. Constitution and Title IX and ordered the school to permit Drew to use the boys’ restrooms. The school board appealed.

On February 28, 2019, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, along with Cooley LLP and the Transgender Law Center, filed an amicus brief in support of Drew Adams in the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Representing a coalition of organizations that work with families raising transgender youth, the brief tells the stories of families raising transgender children in states within the Eleventh Circuit (Georgia, Alabama, and Florida) and around the country. Through their triumphs and challenges, these families help humanize the experiences of transgender youth and underscoring the importance of transgender children being able to go to school in an environment that is safe, welcoming, and does not treat them differently because of who they are. The parties are awaiting a decision.

On August 10, 2020, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the trial court’s conclusion that excluding transgender students from the restroom consistent with their gender identity is sex discrimination and violates Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The school board filed a request for a rehearing en banc. That request is still pending and awaiting a final decision.