Lesbian teen takes school to court over alleged discrimination

Destin Holmes during a press conference. (Photo: AP)

Destin Holmes during a press conference. (Photo: AP)

Huffington Post Gay Voices

On her first day at Magnolia Junior High in 2011, Destin Holmes remembers hearing whispers among other students asking if “it” was a boy or a girl. According to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. things got much worse from there. Holmes, who identifies as a lesbian, didn’t dress like most of the other girls in her school district in Moss Point, Miss. Holmes alleges multiple examples of discrimination by the teachers and being routinely referred to her as “it.” One teacher made her use the boys’ bathroom.

On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit against the Moss Point school district, school board and superintendent, and the Magnolia Junior High principal, Durand Payton, accusing them of targeting and harassing Holmes because of her gender expression and sexual orientation and violating her constitutional right to equal protection.

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