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Appleberry v Blue Springs School District Board of Education 

April 04, 2018

Brief Of Amici Curiae The American Medical Association, The American Academy Of Pediatrics, And Nine Other Medical, Nursing, Mental Health, And Other Health Care Organizations In Support Of Appellant

"Access to single-sex facilities that correspond to one’s gender identity is a critical aspect of social transition and, thus, successful treatment for transgender and gender dysphoric individuals. By contrast, excluding transgender individuals from facilities consistent with their gender identity undermines their treatment; exposes them to stigma and discrimination; potentially harms their physical health by causing them to avoid restroom use; and impairs their social and emotional development. Similarly, transgender students who must use separate facilities that other students are not required to use are at risk of being bullied and discriminated against and suffer psychological harm. The stigma and minority stress that result from discrimination can, in turn, lead to poorer health outcomes for transgender individuals."

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