Brandon Adams is a transgender teenager from Framingham, Massachusetts. Brandon is no stranger to discrimination – several years ago, administrators at his school refused Brandon’s request to use the male restroom, which caused Brandon to suffer physically and psychologically. At one point, he testified to legislators about his experiences. Brandon shared that he was told he could use the staff restroom, but when he did, other students would push him, shove him, call him names, and harass him online. He also testified that administrators sincerely seemed at a loss as to what to do, although there was a simple solution: Permit him to use the restroom consistent with his gender identity.
At the time, Brandon was very concerned about his safety, offering the following: “Every day, I live my life in fear. I’m scared,” Brandon told legislators. “Would they bully me, in front of my friends, or on social media? Would they beat me up? Or would they do worse?”