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Court rules against Middleborough student wanting to wear “two genders” shirts



BOSTON – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a middle-school student forbidden by his school from wearing two T-shirts to school—one that reads “There are only two genders” and one that reads “There are [censored] genders”—filed a notice of appeal Friday after a court ruled against the student.

ADF attorneys are requesting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit prevent Nichols Middle School in Middleborough from prohibiting Liam Morrison from wearing his shirts to school. According to ADF, the parties in the lawsuit agreed that further proceedings at the lower court were unnecessary in view of the disputed legal issues, so they mutually decided to ask that court to convert its previous ruling into a final judgment so that they could present the legal issue to the court of appeals.

“This isn’t about a T-shirt; this is about a public school telling a middle-schooler that he isn’t allowed to express a view that differs from the school’s orthodoxy,” said ADF Legal Counsel Logan Spena. “Public school officials can’t force Liam to remove a shirt that states his position when the school lets every other student wear clothing that speaks on the same issue. Their choice to double-down and silence him when he tried to protest their censorship is a gross violation of the First Amendment that we’re urging the 1st Circuit to rectify.”

Attorneys with ADF and Massachusetts Family Institute filed the lawsuit in May on behalf of Morrison after he wore the “There are only two genders” T-shirt to school to share his belief The principal of the school, along with a school counselor, pulled Morrison out of class and ordered him to remove his shirt. After he declined, school officials said that he must remove the shirt to return to class. As a result, Morrison left school and missed the rest of his classes that day.

Once school officials prohibited his original shirt, Morrison chose to wear an altered shirt that reads, “There are [censored] genders”. As soon as Morrison arrived at school, his teacher instructed him to go to the principal’s office, where he was told that he could not wear that shirt at school either.

In the case, L.M. v. Town of Middleborough, ADF attorneys stated that school officials have adopted one particular view on the subject of sex and gender: that a person’s subjective identity determines whether a person is male or female, not a person’s sex.

According to NBC10 Boston, transgender rights activist Mason Dunn stated that a pride flag and a shirt denying gender identity are not comparable as the shirt could incite violence. “Messages of pride are messages of support, messages of affirmation, not messages of hate or bias,” Dunn said.



  1. 10%FortheBigGuy

    August 6, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    The state of the Republic is grim. It requires a Court intervention to tell a free human being not to wear a specific message on a $5 T-Shirt. It is ok to wear a rainbow lucky charms shirt or to fly a rainbow flag, which supposedly represents some marginalized groups. When men and women become outlawed beings will anyone be there to fire up the Bat Signal? Equal rights for everyone, regardless of the message. If a message has the support of the people, it will strive, if it doesn’t receive support it will fade into obscurity like the Antifa goon, Kenny Messianic!

    • MassTexan

      August 6, 2023 at 6:55 pm

      Agree wholeheartedly. Talk about suppressing freedom and constitutional rights. I miss my family, friends, and fellow officers in Massachusetts; however, I loathe the state itself. Such a beautiful state with rich history is almost unrecognizable today. I moved to Texas nearly 3 years ago and could never imagine going back to the North-East. I pray for all the good people suffering under the woke, appeasing, puppet politicians who fear any minute amount of adversity from the loud and proud mentally ill herd.

  2. RedPilled

    August 6, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    This will go to Supreme Court and student will win. Middleboro residents will be on the hook for a few million when he sues the district.

  3. RedPilled

    August 6, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    This will go to Supreme Court and student will win. Middleboro residents will be on the hook for a few million when he sues the district.

  4. Fed Up

    August 6, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    Color me surprised a court in this state ruled against free speech. This will fail and the taxpayers will be on the hook for ideologs. They don’t care they got their raises.

  5. Protect Trans Kids

    August 8, 2023 at 11:10 am

    I hope they continue to ban it as they’d ban nazi imagery. The safety of trans students is more important than a t-shirt that incites hatred and violence. I hope the kid will grow up to be less hateful.

    • RejectTransProgramming

      August 8, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      You are completely delusional. A t-shirt that causes violence and hatred?

    • MAGA all day long

      August 8, 2023 at 9:20 pm

      Less hateful? Maybe he just wants to wear the shirt. MAGA. ⛑️

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