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September 17, 2013

Johnstown transgender man sues Pitt, alleges discrimination

PITTSBURGH — A transgender man has filed a lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh, claiming he was expelled and subject to FBI scrutiny because of a dispute over locker room use.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by 24-year-old Seamus Johnston, of Johnstown. He was born a woman but filed a name change with Pitt in 2011 and enrolled in a men’s weightlifting class. Officials told Johnston not to use the men’s locker room at Pitt-Johnstown, and later banned him from the school, according to the lawsuit.

Johnston also claims the university retaliated by providing his name to the FBI during a series of bomb threats in the spring of 2012. The FBI questioned Johnston but didn’t charge him.

University spokesman Ken Service says Pitt will vigorously defend itself against Johnston’s claims.

 

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