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Who has a civil right to use female bathrooms?

Associated Press Published: May 24, 2012
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Access to female bathrooms was granted to a male-anatomied transgender student at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith after the Justice Department wrote the school about the issue following a civil rights complaint from the student.

Jennifer Braly, a male-anatomied transgender student (age 38), filed a complaint with DOJ. The university changed his policy on bathroom access after the Justice Department's Office of Civil Rights wrote a letter to the university about the issue.

Braly wrote on an online forum that "the University called me into a meeting and told me I had to use unisex bathrooms and that was it. I can't use any male or female public bathrooms."

"We did try to make accomodation by creating gender-neutral bathrooms, and in fact increasing gender neutral bathrooms on the campus," Mark Horn, Vice Chancellor of University Affairs, told The Washington Examiner. "We revisited that decision in light of the complaint."

"[T]he office of civil rights basically made its expectations [known] through the attorney and the decision was made to respond to that direction," Horn told Campus Reform, which first reported on the topic. He modified that characterization of the event in an interview with The Washington Examiner,

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