Oregon Schools Must Protect Transgender Students

UPDATE: January 20, 2015 - We sent a letter outlining the rights of transgender students to the Dallas School Board ahead of a special meeting held last night. The letter read, in part:

"The refusal to allow transgender students to use the same facilities used by other students in accordance with their gender identity violates Title IX and impairs students’ ability to learn, grow, and thrive in the school environment. Research shows that denying transgender people access to facilities that correspond to the gender they live every day holds serious consequences for them, negatively impacting their education, employment, health, and participation in public life. Conversely, full acceptance of a student’s gender identity—including allowing them access to gender-appropriate facilities —goes a long way toward providing a welcoming environment and a positive educational experience. Moreover, disclosure of a student’s gender identity, without their permission, is against the law and can have serious, long-term negative repercussions. It is critical for schools to respect the privacy of transgender students, even if the school is operating with no ill intent."


I [Heart] Boobies

Student Challenges Ban on Wearing “I ♥ Boobies” Cancer Awareness Bracelets


Nakashima v. Board of Education

Student Athletes Prevail in Religious Discrimination Case Against OSAA

On August 18, 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court ordered the Oregon School Activities Association to pay $66,230 in attorney fees. This case was on behalf of students at Portland Adventist Academy who sought a reasonable accommodation from the OSAA to compete in the state basketball tournament without having to play during the Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday).


Lewis et al. v. Forest Grove High School

High School Allows Students to Form Gay-Straight Alliance

July 13, 2009 - The ACLU represented Jessica Lewis and a number of her fellow students at Forest Grove High School, where they applied to form a Gay-Straight Alliance.


Oakley and the Lebanon School District

ACLU of Oregon Persuades Lebanon School District to Pull Ban on “Unnatural” Hair Color

June 9, 2005 - LEBANON, OREGON - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon applauds the Lebanon School District’s decision to rescind its policy against unnatural hair color.


Ricochet River

January 2005 - ACLU of Oregon congratulates North Clackamas School Board for keeping author Robin Cody's coming-of-age novel, Ricochet River, in the curriculum.