Adams v. School Board of St. John’s County (U.S.C.A. 11th Circuit, 2021)

Civil Liberties
Discrimination

11th Circuit Court of Appeals ,

Civil Liberties
Discrimination

This case involves Equal Protection Clause and Title IX challenges to a county school board policy that prohibits transgender students from using the restroom which conforms to their gender identity. ADL and 50 other organizations joined an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center opposing this policy. ADL had joined a previous brief in this case in 2019, resulting in a favorable decision from an 11th Circuit panel. In an en banc hearing, the full 11th Circuit is revisiting the opinion. The brief explains why the court’s initial decision was correct and describes the harms that would flow from a bad decision. It also debunks the myths and stereotypes that the school’s arguments rely on.