Nicole Maines and the dignity of bathrooms

“This entire issue of transgender people posing a kind of threat to cisgender women in bathrooms is made up. We are just like everybody else — we go into the bathroom, we keep our heads down, we don’t look at anybody.”
Nicole Maines, speaking to Terry Gross


Nicole Maines, the subject of our 2017 Arlington Reads Together selection “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” won a landmark lawsuit in the state of Maine affording her the right to use the bathroom of her gender identity. She has spoken extensively of the importance of this issue, and she’ll be sharing her story with us when she speaks in Arlington on Saturday March 4 at 1:00 pm at Arlington Town Hall.

Transgender bathroom lawsuits have been in the news this week. The Department of Justice submitted a legal brief, “withdrawing the government’s objections to an injunction that had blocked guidance requiring that transgender students be allowed to use restrooms that match their gender identity.”

Gavin Grimm‘s lawsuit against the School Board in Gloucester, VA will be going before the Supreme Court later this year. They barred him from using the bathroom matching his gender identity.

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