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Plaintiff says challenging Oklahoma's transgender bathroom ban is 'just the right thing to do'

Andy Bridge is a senior at Noble High School and is lead plaintiff on the ACLU's lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma over Senate Bill 615, which bars transgender students from using the restroom corresponding with their gender identity.

Three Oklahoma students are suing the state over its law that bars transgender students from using the bathroom corresponding with their gender identity.

Andy Bridge is the lead plaintiff. The suit argues Senate Bill 615 is unconstitutional and should be overturned.

Bridge and his parents, Aysha Prather and Eli Bridge, sat down with StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Robby Korth to share why they think it was an important step to take.

“It just seemed sort of like the right thing to do,” Andy Bridge said. “If I can do something that will make it go away, then I want to be part of that.”

Mental health support for LGBTQ+ individuals is available through the Trevor Project. Their hotline is 866-488-7386, and help is also available through thetrevorproject.org

This conversation was produced by grants from the Education Writers Association and America Amplified. 

The mission of the Education Writers Association is to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public. 

The America Amplified initiative using community engagement to inform and strengthen local, regional and national journalism. America Amplified is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.
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