FORT WORTH — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed two federal civil rights complaints against a Fort Worth-area public charter school and Keller Independent School District for “adopting anti-LGBTQIA+ policies.”

The ACLU accused the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Keller ISD of violating Title IX policies by requiring students to compete and use the bathrooms and locker rooms according to their biological sex.

“We urge the federal government to intervene and end these discriminatory policies before they can further harm and stigmatize LGBTQIA+ students,” said Chloe Kempf, the ACLU of Texas attorney. “[Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Keller ISD] have banned students from using the facilities and from participating in the activities that align with who they are, all the while subjecting them to harassment and bullying.”

In June, Keller ISD adopted policies to separate bathrooms and other personal spaces by biological sex. Additionally, the school district voted to prevent anyone—student or teacher—from being forced to use particular pronouns. These ordinances passed the school board unanimously.

The ACLU is filing the Title IX complaint against the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts because a “transgender” student was denied access to the Singing Girls of Texas Choir since the student’s biological sex was male. The FWAFA Board of Directors passed a choir participation policy that blocks gender-confused students from singing in choirs that do not align with their biological gender.

Texas Family Project president Brady Gray said the following:

According to ACLU-Texas, the school board’s actions have created a “hostile anti-LGBT enviornment” and violated Title IX.

Title IX is a federal law filed by the U.S. Department of Education that protects people in U.S. education from being discriminated against based on sex, stating:

“No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

However, the ACLU has been “weaponizing” the Biden administration’s recent interpretation of Title IX that equates sex with gender identity or “transgender” status, according to a lawsuit filed in June by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

Matthew DeLaCruz

Matthew DeLaCruz is a Cedar Park native and is a sophomore journalism and mass communications major at Abilene Christian University. Matthew is a summer writing fellow at Texas Scorecard and loves bringing relevant stories to citizens. When he is not writing, you can catch Matthew lifting weights, playing basketball and eating ice cream with his friends.