On Spirit Day, millions of Americans wear purple as a sign of support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying. The ACLU Washington supports this effort, and we are committed to ending the discrimination and bullying of LGBT youth. In 2012, we represented a teen who won a $100,000 settlement against his school district for failing to stop the years of severe and persistent bullying that he suffered at school based on his race and perceived sexual orientation. This year, we worked with Washington Won’t Discriminate to keep an anti-transgender bathroom bill off the ballot in our state. And this month, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of a transgender teen, who, with his mom, is suing his mom’s employer for refusing to provide medical care prescribed to him by his doctor simply because he is transgender.
No one should be discriminated against for being who they are. We’re proud to stand with LGBT youth on Spirit Day, and every day.