Have you ever been left out of the loop on something that directly affects you? If so, how did you feel? Betrayed? Forgotten? Confused?
Alexis Lightcap felt all of this and more when she walked into the girls’ restroom in her high school to find… a boy. When she saw his reflection in the mirror, her reflexes took over. She ran out of the restroom and straight to her teacher to report the incident.
Later that day, she sat in the principal’s office and explained what had happened. After jotting down a few notes on a yellow sticky, the principal explained to Alexis that the boy had a right to be in her restroom. The Boyertown Area School District had changed its policies to allow students to use the locker rooms and restrooms consistent with their beliefs about their own gender.
This was news to Alexis. In fact, it was news to a lot of people in the Boyertown Area School District, since school officials never bothered to inform students or parents of this change.
Alexis wasn’t the only one surprised. A male student was undressing in the locker room when he looked up to see a girl undressing nearby. When he brought his concerns before school administration, he was told to “tolerate” it and to make sharing a locker room with the female student as “natural” as possible.
But there’s nothing natural about forcing teenagers to welcome a member of the opposite sex into their showers, restrooms, and locker rooms based solely on the other student’s beliefs about their gender. That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit challenging this policy in 2017. And this past May, Alexis, who is a plaintiff in the case, began speaking out. Unfortunately, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against her and her fellow students.
School districts have a constitutional duty to uphold and protect the privacy of their students. That’s why we are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this case – and to hear the voices of these brave students.
It’s not easy to come forward and take such a public stand for student privacy. But Alexis believed that she needed to speak up for those who felt like they had no voice and no say in the matter.
After all, Alexis has been here before. She knows what it’s like to lose her voice at the hands of government officials. “I completely lost my voice,” she says of her time in the foster care system. “I lost who I was.”
When she and her sister were adopted, though, her parents helped her rediscover her voice. “You have a say in this world, and you need to speak up for yourself,” they would tell her.
So that’s exactly what Alexis is doing. She is asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to ignore her voice and to protect student privacy for all.
Everyone should be able to agree that students experiencing gender dysphoria need compassionate support. Everyone should also be able to agree that student privacy is not contingent on what others believe about their own gender. The Supreme Court should take this case and ensure that schools protect the privacy rights of all students.
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