Gender Justice

A nonprofit organization

$5,190 Raised by 19 Donors

52% complete

$10,000 Goal

Your Give OUT Day gift to Gender Justice will help ensure Minnesota trans & LGB students are safe and supported in school.  

Our client Matt was born and raised in Buffalo, Minnesota. As longtime members of the community, Matt and his mother Helene thought they could count on their area school to support Matt as a transgender student. 

But between 2015 and 2017, while Matt was attending Buffalo Community Middle School, he was repeatedly isolated from his classmates and limited to a single restroom facility no other student was required to use. It was so hard to access he often did not have time to use it between classes. 

Matt was also required to use a separate, equally inaccessible locker room – which led him to being removed from physical education classes entirely. He faced all of this simply because he is transgender. 

The harm Matt experienced was not a political hypothetical. It was real, and it was significant. 

On Wednesday, June 30, along with co-counsel Best & Flanagan, we announced a major settlement with the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District. This settlement is a HUGE win for Matt and Helene. It also represents continued progress for other transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students in the school district, who will see significant changes to the district's policies as a result of the settlement.

By the beginning of the upcoming school year, the district has agreed to: 

  • Allow trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students to use the restrooms and locker room facilities that match their gender identity;
  • Ensure that trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students can play on sports teams that are consistent with their gender identity; 
  • Ensure that school officials refer to students by the proper names and pronouns; and 
  • Ensure that bullying and discrimination on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation is not tolerated. 

This victory shows that the law in Minnesota is firmly on the side of transgender students. 

By supporting Gender Justice on Give OUT Day, you can help stop schools from discriminating against transgender students in our state. 

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Gender Justice



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200 University Avenue West Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55103



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