SCOTUS decision furthers debate over Elanco’s policy on transgender students

By Alex Geli, Lancaster Online | May 29, 2019

Emerging Leader Fellow Lizzy Wingfield is quoted by the Lancaster Online for her expertise on the civil rights of LGBTQ students.

School districts in Lancaster County and beyond have clearer guidelines for serving transgender students after a U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday.

The court declined to hear a case against Boyertown Area School District, which was sued by a group of students who argued that allowing their transgender peers to use restrooms that align with their gender identity was unconstitutional…

“Prior to (the lower court’s) decision, many school districts were confused about their obligations to transgender students under civil rights laws,” Lizzy Wingfield, the center’s Stoneleigh Foundation fellow, said in a statement. “But now, it is clear … that school districts must allow LGBTQ students to be themselves in school.”

Wingfield is calling on the Pennsylvania Department of Education to issue guidance for accommodating transgender students.

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