Meet Alexis Lightcap — The Brave Woman Challenging Transgender Bathrooms

Meet Alexis Lightcap—the brave, young woman taking a stand against her high school’s policy of allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex. After a frightening encounter with a boy in the girl’s bathroom, Alexis complained to administrators and was told there was nothing she could do.

But Lightcap refused to be silenced.

The recent graduate of Boyertown Area High School in Boyertown, Pa., decided to add her name to an ongoing lawsuit. Now she and other students are petitioning the Supreme Court to take their case. This means her challenge could impact our entire nation! 

The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Alexis, has produced this outstanding video, explaining more about the case and this remarkable young woman. Alexis spent years in the foster care system and had almost lost hope before being adopted. Hers is an incredibly inspiring story, reminding us that we all have a voice—and we need to use it for good!

 

Video Transcript:

Alexis Lightcap:

“When I was in foster care. I didn’t interact with anyone. I completely lost my voice because of being in foster care. I just wasn’t who I was supposed to be. I was just—I was an orphan.

“It was lonely. The first night I got taken away, I was talking to my sister, who was two at the time, and she was just like, ‘I want to go home.’ I was like, ‘I do too. I really do.’ And I was like, ‘We’ll go home eventually.’ But I stopped saying eventually because I knew—lost all hope.

“But when I got adopted, it was indescribable. Imagine being, just becoming part of something that you know is forever. When I got my new name, was when I became someone new. And it might seem like such a simple thing for someone. But before, I didn’t—I wasn’t part of a family. I was a part of a system. I completely lost my voice. I lost who I was.

“My parents taught me that your voice matters. You have a say in this world. And you need to speak up for yourself.”

“My parents taught me that your voice matters. You have a say in this world. And you need to speak up for yourself. You know, justice when never served for my sister and I when we were in the foster care system. And when I don’t see that happening, I just have to say something. If anything, I would never have expected it to be a school that I’d encounter something like this.

“So one day when I was in school—well, I walked into the bathroom. And immediately, when you walk in the bathroom, there’s actually a mirror there. And I saw a reflection of a man. My body went into immediate shock. I immediately ran out.

“And, I went to the administration at the school to report what I had seen in the bathrooms.”

Christiana Holcomb, Alexis’s Lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom:

“After Alexis encountered that guy in the girl’s bathroom, she turned and ran out of the rest room and we actually have video footage of her fleeing the restroom in fear. She went to her grade-level principal, Dr. (E. Wayne) Foley. And Alexis told Dr. Foley about what had happened to her, how scared she was, how concerned she was. But Dr. Foley didn’t seem to care. He didn’t listen. He didn’t fix it. He basically told her, ‘This is the new school policy, and this is the way things will be.’”

Alexis:

“My voice didn’t matter. I knew that. I wish that the school had protected my privacy somehow. It felt like a specific group of people were protected while all the greater population was not.”

Christiana:

“School administrators need to ensure that they’re creating policies that protect everyone’s privacy and everyone’s dignity and everyone’s safety, not just the privacy of a few.”

“One of the biggest issues with these policies is they are tailored to a small group of students at the expense of every other student in the school. We don’t know exactly when the school passed its new bathroom and locker room policy. It did not notify parents. It did not notify the vast majority of students at Boyertown High School. In fact, the only people that it notified were the couple of individual students who identify with the opposite sex and wanted access to the opposite sex’s facilities.

“School administrators need to ensure that they’re creating policies that protect everyone’s privacy and everyone’s dignity and everyone’s safety, not just the privacy of a few.”

Alexis:

“I don’t want a man in the bathroom with me. I’m already uncomfortable in my body, trying to grow up. And you know, I have a 13-year-old sister who goes to this school. I don’t want her going into a bathroom where a male is allowed to just walk in there.”

Christiana:

“Alexis is a strong, courageous, vivacious young woman. She’s been through a lot at the hands of various government systems. She’s been through a lot in her young life. And the school administration has a duty to her individually, and a duty to every single one of the students who have been entrusted to their care—and that is to protect their privacy, to protect their safety. And the school administration failed her in that. She reported her concerns. She brought it to the adults in the room, the adults who should have been protecting her, and they ignored her voice.

“These policies are infiltrating not only our public school systems, but our public institutions, as well. So these are issues that impact all of us.”

Alexis:

“I’ve been fighting for this long to have my voice heard. Why would I want to silence myself, you know? I have a chance to speak up. And in that moment, I knew I had to do something.”

Christiana:

“There was actually already a lawsuit ongoing with a male plaintiff named “Joel Doe.” But Alexis heard about the ongoing lawsuit and she realized she offered a different perspective as a young woman. She chose to stand up and lend her voice to the lawsuit, as well. She didn’t have to. But she wanted to ensure that a woman’s voice and perspective on privacy was heard in this litigation.”

Alexis:

“I’m a female representative for all those people who don’t feel like they have a voice. I think helping someone realize that they’re more than what’s happening to them—that they have a voice—so whatever that may be, I want to help them find it.”

For more information about Alexis’s story, visit: ADFlegal.org/Alexis

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