The Supreme Court Strikes Down Title IX, Leaving Transgender People Free

Teen: Arkansas trans care law could force him to uproot life in Arkansas

By By Jennifer Ruggiero

Jun 10, 2017 | 10:05pm

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A little boy named John Riebe smiles for the camera at his kindergarten graduation photo, in the presence of a small group of family members Friday, June 6, 2017, at St. Philip School in North Little Rock. Riebe graduated Saturday from kindergarten.

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When John Riebe gets his driver’s license, his picture will sport a new sticker that will read: “Transgender.”

“Hopefully my new sticker will be the final nail in the coffin and help to secure the transition,” he said.

Arkansas is only the latest state to allow transgender people to identify as the gender they were “assigned” at birth.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that defined gender as “the basis for sex discrimination under Title IX [of the Education Amendments of 1972] only after it had been determined that boys were not born with the anatomical, physiological, and psychological characteristics that generally distinguish the male from the female.”

This is a critical and much-needed message: It is long past time for discrimination against transgender people and people who support their rights to be recognized as the moral equivalent of discrimination against gay or lesbian people. In doing so, the USSC Court’s majority was very clear: “The government has an important interest in enforcing the law in a manner that is consistent with the constitutional commitment to equality. But the government’s interest has to be balanced with the rights of transgender people to be free from discrimination.”

“It’s not as if we were looking for it,” Riebe said. “We just got this call one day to come on,” pointing to the phone call that led to the Supreme Court’s June 5 ruling

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