Wisconsin Supreme Court rules in favor of MMSD transgender student policy The Badger Herald

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a Madison Metropolitan School District policy allowing transgender students to use different pronouns and names at school without being revealed to their parents can remain in effect while the case returns to court. the lower courts.

Several parents of the MMSD, that the Supreme Court decided in a 4-3 decision could not remain anonymous to district attorneys, the MMSD sued over the policy in 2020. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote for the majority opinion, saying that the decision on the policy itself should be the responsibility of the Dane County Circuit Court, instead of the Supreme Court, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The ACLU of Wisconsin defended the school’s policy in court on behalf of three MMSD alliances on gender and sexuality.

“We are pleased that today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin will allow the Madison Metropolitan School District to continue to protect students by allowing them to choose when they share with their families whether they use a different name or pronouns. at school that they have been identified. like birth,” ACLU lead attorney Jon Davidson said in a news release.

The ACLU of Wisconsin said in the press release that dating children with their families can be dangerous and cited an amicus brief which states that a third of transgender children are rejected by their families after coming out.

A 2021 Dane County government survey of high school students reported that students who identify as transgender or think they may be transgender feel more targeted for bullying and harassment than the majority of students.

University of Wisconsin assistant professor of gender and women’s studies James McMaster told the Badger Herald in an email that using correct pronouns for students is “basic decency,” and that MMSD protects students through this policy.

“As I celebrate the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to allow MMSD’s pronoun policy, I also recognize that the fight for gender self-determination will continue not only before the circuit court now charged with taking over this case, but wherever reactionary forces seek to attack trans well-being,” McMaster said.