Transgender man claims discrimination, says Pitt denied his use of male restrooms, locker rooms
A Cambria County transgender man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that University of Pittsburgh officials and police at the Johnstown campus violated his rights during a dispute over his use of male locker rooms and restrooms.
Seamus Johnston, 24, pleaded guilty on May 30 to summary offenses of trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with the dispute and a Cambria County judge sentenced him to 90 days probation, according to court records.
Johnston, representing himself, claims in the lawsuit that barring him from the male facilities violated state and federal anti-discrimination laws.
He also claims the university retaliated by providing his name to the FBI during its investigation of a series of bomb threats in the spring of 2012. The FBI questioned Johnston last year but didn't charge him.
University spokesman Ken Service said Pitt will “vigorously defend” itself against Johnston's claims.
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