ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thursday, the federal mandate allowing transgender students to choose which bathroom or locker room to use at school began for students in Albuquerque; but now a women’s group is suing claiming students born as boys should not be in with the girls.
Students can now use the restroom or locker room based on the gender they identify with, not just the gender they were born with.
At Albuquerque Public Schools, students are required to meet with school officials to declare their gender identity and fill out a confidential form. All students also have the option to use single-person bathrooms for more privacy.
The Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Education claiming the mandate for schools violates women’s civil rights. They also claim the feds did a poor job of introducing the mandate from the get-go.
“I think there are a lot of questions that need to be asked about the whole nature of gender identity, WoLF Board Member, Kara Dansky, said. “Women’s Liberation Front in concerned that this guidance has essentially erased the protection that Title IX gives to women and girls in an educational setting.”
The group’s basically saying if someone is biologically born male, but identifies as female, that person still shouldn’t be allowed to use the girl’s restroom.
“You know there have been several incidents of males going in female locker rooms and bathrooms and committing sexual assault and that’s a serious concern for us,” Dansky said.
Danksy said the group is suggesting schools add a “third set of facilities that anyone can use regardless if they have a particular gender identity or not.”
The lawsuit was just filed in federal court yesterday. No timeline of when the court will set a hearing.