According to officials in San Francisco, a nation that pees together stays together.
Decades of allowing transgender students, park visitors and government workers to use restrooms that fit their gender identity show that fears of sexual predators and invasion of privacy are unfounded, San Francisco and 30 other local governments said in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Wrapping discrimination in a cloak of fear doesn’t protect anyone,” San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement announcing the court brief. Other signers included Santa Clara County and the cities of Vallejo and Santa Cruz, along with New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The court is scheduled to hear arguments March 28 on whether a federal law banning sex discrimination in public education applies to transgender students.
Former President Barack Obama’s administration had filed arguments in support of a 17-year-old transgender student in Virginia, Gavin Grimm, who challenged his district’s restroom policy, and had advised school districts nationwide to respect transgender youths’ restroom choice.
President Trump’s administration has withdrawn both the court filing and Obama’s nationwide advisory. The Virginia district has asked the court to delay the hearing for at least a month to give the administration time to submit its own arguments.
The local governments’ filing cited San Francisco’s experience under its own laws, including a 1993 ballot measure that banned discrimination against transgender city employees, and other actions affecting schools and public parks.
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