Tri-State Alliance held a meeting Wednesday night, showing support for a student who is transgender after he filed a lawsuit last week against the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. 

TSA is asking for people to write letters asking the school board to add gender identity to the school’s discrimination policy. 

Eyewitness News talked with the student, who says he’s not allowed to use the restroom of the gender he identifies with without facing punishment. 

His attorney requests he not release his identity so we hid his face and distorted his voice.  

“I’m hoping that this will start with the bathroom issue and be able to have students like myself, which there’s a lot of them out there believe it or not, be able to use the bathroom which is a basic human right,” the student says. “There are a lot of aggressive people out there and it is kind of scary to see all the hate that’s responded do this but often times I see a lot of people are supporting me on this.”

EVSC officials provided Eyewitness News with this statement:

“We have only received a courtesy copy of the complaint at this point, which our legal council is currently reviewing. We believe we have met, and will continue to meet, the requirements of Indiana and federal law as it relates to transgender students.”

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(This article was originally published February 28, 2018)