Oregon mom, son drop lawsuit over transgender bathroom use

FILE - In this May 17, 2016 file photo, a new sticker is placed on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman and her son have dropped a lawsuit that sought to mandate that students use bathrooms matching their gender at birth.

The lawsuit was filed in May against the Sutherlin School District in southwestern Oregon.

The mother argued that her son — identified as "T.B" in the lawsuit — was embarrassed when a transgender student walked into the boys' bathroom while he was using a urinal.

Attorney Ray Hacke says his clients dropped the lawsuit because recent court decisions in similar cases haven't gone their way, and the district had agreed to improve privacy in the school bathrooms, including providing walls around urinals and showers.

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The ACLU of Oregon said that the suit singled out a 15-year-old Sutherlin High School student, and "consistently and intentionally" misgendered him.

“We are gratified that this meritless, mean-spirited suit was dropped. All students have the right to a safe and inclusive learning environment. Transgender and gender diverse students are free to be who they are at any public school in Oregon and we will be there to protect these important rights should future suits be brought," said Mat dos Santos, legal director at the ACLU of Oregon.

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Information from: The News-Review

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