Wisconsin trans teen’s case is to be heard in a federal court

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Ash Whitaker is suing his high school over forcing him to use bathroom facilities which do not match with his gender identity. Teachers misgender him calling him by the female name and using female pronouns, which Ash considers to be an act of discrimination. A federal judge ruled in Ash’s favour in September, but the district has since appealed. The representatives of both sides argued yesterday at a hearing before the 7th Circuit US Court of Appeals in Chicago, reported CBS Chicago. Following the hearing, Ash’s mother Melissa Whitaker said: “There’s still a lot of hate in the world, a lot of misunderstanding, definitely; but there’s still a lot of hope, and that’s what we kind of want to come away with. We feel very positive about how it went, how things have been going.” Ash’s attorney, Joseph Wardenski, said: “Now, as more and more transgender people feel comfortable living consistent with their gender identity in their lives and at school, it’s maybe not surprising that we’re seeing these cases, but we hope that trans people in schools and elsewhere will be able to be respected for who they are.”

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