Nicole Maines was born a boy but identified as a girl from the age of 2. In the 5th grade, she was prohibited from using the girl’s bathroom and forced to use the staff bathroom. This was in 2009 and it took until now for the lawsuit to be resolved.
In a startling decision, Maine’s Supreme Court ruled 5-1 that Orono school district’s actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
I say yeah for Maine’s Supreme Court but an even louder YEAH for the support Nicole has received from her family, including her twin brother and her father. Nicole’s father said all he had ever wanted was for his daughter to be treated just like her classmates. He said he was overcome with emotion when he learned of the decision.
If only all families of transgender people would love and support them the way Nicole’s family has. Things are changing, thank God, but there is still a lot of work to do.
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