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Transgender Teen: Bathroom Equality Is a Civil Rights Issue

Posted by Steve Schram on May 17, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Originally published on May 16, 2016 on Time by Kirsten Salyer.

President Barack Obama wrote letters to public school districts Fridayurging administrators to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. TIME spoke with the Maines family—Nicole, a transgender teen, her twin brother, Jonas, and their father, Wayne—about what they thought of the directive and what it was like for their family as Nicole transitioned.

“You need to be able to be someone who is not afraid to step up to the plate, and, you know, sort of mark that line in the sand and say we are a country that is for this, and we are for everyone,” Nicole said. “I really commend Obama for having that courage.”

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