End Discrimination Against Trans and LGBTQ Students in St. Johns County

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We are LGBTQ alumni, students, and faculty of Allen D. Nease High School and their allies. 

As Nease graduates and affiliates who have learned to embrace diversity and uphold principles of respect and integrity, we strongly condemn discrimination against LGBTQ students at Nease and in St. Johns County.  

We write in response to the troubling news of administrative discrimination against a transgender student. The student Drew Adams was prohibited from using the men’s restroom and ordered to use the campus’s gender neutral bathrooms. Having limited restroom options on the school's spacious campus has resulted in tardiness to class and has imposed on him a significant and unjust burden.  

This “bathroom rule” is more than just inconvenient; it is discriminatory, dehumanizing, and humiliating. Its only purpose is to exclude and marginalize a Nease student on the basis of his gender identity, and it violates Title IX, which protects US public school students from exclusion and discrimination on the basis of gender and sex.

We will continue to vocally condemn this act of bigotry at Allen D. Nease High School until Drew Adams receives an apology from the school and the School Board ― and until all trans students are afforded the right to use the restroom of their choice.

We applaud Drew Adams for his courage and resilience. By challenging structural discrimination and advocating for justice, he is giving voice to the issues of LGBTQ and marginalized students at Nease High School, in St. Johns County, and in the United States. Drew, we stand in fierce solidarity with you. You are not alone.

LGBTQ students deserve to thrive, unhindered by discriminatory treatment, attitudes, or policies.  

We will continue with unwavering commitment to denounce anything less than an equitable and fair educational experience for all.

 



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