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Clearwater transgender student getting help

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For more than four years, nursing student, Alex Wilson has lived, dressed and acted like a woman. She takes hormone treatments and doesn't even own any male clothes.

But as we told you in July, her use of the women's restroom at the Clearwater P-TEC campus raised a ruckus. Wilson says she was told; use a toilet in a storage room or a faculty men's room. "Until recently, the two that I had access to did not lock from the inside. And to get a key in front of everyone is embarrassing," said Wilson.

Now, the American Civil Liberties Union is taking her case. "We feel that she's just like any other student and there was no problem with her until the administrators found out that she was transgender," said ACLU Attorney Daniel Tilley.

The ALCU sent a letter pointing out, "If she used either the general women's room or the men's rooms, charges would be pressed against her."

The organization says that constitutes sex discrimination and amounts to unlawful sex stereotyping. "The school and certainly other students and folks would not treat this if it were based on any other characteristic. But because of her gender identity that they think its ok." said Tilley.

Alex Wilson has a simple plea. "I just want to have the same rights that everyone else has. Not trying to get anything different," she said.

She says the stress caused by all this is making her lose sleep and she is having trouble studying. "I'm being told to use different facilities because I'm not like everyone else," she said.

A Pinellas School District spokesperson says the superintendent has the letter from the ACLU.

The district's legal office is reviewing it.

The ACLU Attorney, Daniel Tilley said it's too early to talk about legal action.

They have offered the district help drafting new policies about how to deal with transgender people.

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