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ATG NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii supports transgender rights case in United States Supreme Court

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – Attorney General Doug Chin joined an amicus brief, filed yesterday with the United States Supreme Court and signed by 19 Attorneys General, in support of a transgender student who is suing a Virginia public school for discrimination. The Attorneys General argue that discrimination on the basis of gender identity causes real and significant harm to both transgender people and the states themselves.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., on March 28, 2017. The Court will consider whether the Gloucester County School Board’s policy prohibiting transgender boys and girls from using restrooms that other boys and girls use discriminates against transgender students on the basis of sex, in violation of Title IX.

Attorney General Doug Chin said, “This is about protecting civil rights. Period.”

The amicus brief was signed by a total of 19 Attorneys General: New York, Washington, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. On February 22, the United States Department of Justice sent a letter to the Supreme Court advising the Court that the Trump administration had withdrawn Obama administration protections for transgender students in public schools.

According to the brief, “[t]he amici States’ shared experience demonstrates that protecting transgender people from discrimination benefits all members of the public. And contrary to the petitioner’s claims, our shared experience demonstrates that protecting the civil rights of transgender people—including by allowing them access to common restrooms consistent with their gender identity—creates no public safety or personal privacy threat and imposes no meaningful financial burden.”

A copy of the brief is attached.

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Joshua A. Wisch

Special Assistant to the Attorney General

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