After Shawnee State University repeatedly asked professor Nicholas Meriwether to stop deliberately misgendering a trans student, he sued them, claiming they violated his First Amendment rights. A federal court just dismissed the case:
Judge Susan J. Dlott ruled that Meriwether’s use of terms like sir, Mr., he, him, and his to address the trans woman “was not protected under the First Amendment.”
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) took the case in support of the school’s LGBT+ student group. NCLR attorney Asaf Orr said:
We are pleased the Court affirmed that schools can ensure that all students are able to learn and the access educational opportunities available to all students without fear of discrimination.