Three transgender teenagers have won $20,000 each after mounting a legal challenge against their Pennsylvania school district over their bathroom and locker room policies. The students from Pine-Richland High School in Allegheny County received $20,000 from the Pine-Richland School District as a result of a lawsuit they filed last year.
The defendants claimed that they were prohibited from accessing the bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. The school policy ensures that the bathrooms are only used by those of the corresponding biological gender. The school must now also pay $75,000 in legal fees to the students' lawyers, reports The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"This is a victory for transgender students everywhere and sends a clear warning to school districts with anti-transgender bathroom policies," Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, a lawyer with the LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, said in the statement.
"As a result, any student across the district may access restrooms based upon his or her consistently and uniformly asserted gender identity. Any student may also access a single-user restroom."