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ACLU files complaint on behalf of Pinellas transgender student

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint on behalf of a Pinellas transgender student who was told she couldn't use the same bathroom as other female students.

Alex Wilson studies to become a nurse at the Pinellas Technical Education Center. After PTEC administrators discovered she was a transgender woman, they asked her to use a separate bathroom, according to the ACLU.

Related story: 07/09/2013 FL transgender student at odds over restroom use

ACLU representatives filed a complaint on her behalf with the U.S. Department of Education at the Office for Civil Rights.

Related story: 08/26/2013 Clearwater transgender student getting help

The complaint alleges that Pinellas County Schools, of which PTEC is a part, is discriminating against Wilson on the basis of her sex in violation of Title IX of the Educations Amendments of 1972.

"Alex was treated the same as any other student until administrators found out she is transgender," said stated Daniel Tilley, ACLU of Florida's LGBT rights staff attorney. "Now they are stigmatizing her and humiliating her because of her gender identity."

The complaint asks DOE to investigate the situation and make sure Wilson's rights are not violated.

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