Get Marty: Transgender Student Challenges Bathroom Policy At Norwin High School

NORTH HUNTINGDON (KDKA) — A Norwin High School student, challenging the policies at his school for equal access, reached out to Get Marty for help.

“I was given a pass on the first day of school to use the nurse’s office for a bathroom. If I were to even step foot in the men’s bathroom I would be suspended,” says Liam Lindsay, of North Huntingdon.

The 17-year-old senior is transgender. A month ago, he legally changed his name from Leah to Liam.

He has been taking male hormones for a month, and he wants to use the men’s bathroom at school.

“This happens all of the time with transgender people. We aren’t given the same luxuries or liberties as the rest of the people in America. I want to change that,” said Liam.

A family friend asked Get Marty for help. We reached out to the Delta Foundation, the largest LGBT community in the region.

“We will do what we have to do,” says Delta Foundation Board Chairman Gary van Horn.

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KDKA also reached out to the ACLU.

“This kid should not be treated any different than anybody else. This is absolutely wrong. If we have to sue, we will sue,” says Vic Walczak, with the ACLU.

Meanwhile, the school district says it’s putting together a transgender student policy. The school superintendent tells KDKA there have been so many different court rulings; the policy is constantly in flux.

However, the district promises to address the issue at its upcoming meeting.

If you’d like Marty to help you solve your problem, email him at GetMarty@kdka.com.

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  1. this is only the beginning! I believe if he/she wants to use the boys room, then he/ she should be allowed. with that being said, he/she must also develop a thick skin and prepare to be completely harassed and ridiculed by the other students. The reality is kids are mean and 95% don’t understand or want to understand the position the transgender community holds. Before we all know it, H.S. health class are going to be preparing our kids on transgender issues, and teaching understanding of it. The issue adults have is a lack of understanding or education on the subject. its a different generation now, so adults and parents today didn’t grow up with this. Its initially a culture shock for the 40 plus generation. it will be years if not decades before transgenders have complete equality.
    I have a daughter in 4th grade at Norwin, I believe the only way to change perspective on transgender issues is through early education. I’m not saying elementary education, but intermediate could be a start.

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