Kirkland & Ellis, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Waples & Hanger announced an agreement resolving a lawsuit against the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) filed by Dynasty Young, an openly gay former student who sued the district after officials failed to address relentless harassment he experienced at school because he was perceived as gender nonconforming. In April 2012, six students surrounded Dynasty to attack him, and school officials suspended and later expelled Dynasty for trying to protect himself. As part of the agreement judgment filed by the parties in the case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, IPS will expunge the expulsion from Dynasty's school records, and Dynasty will receive $65,000 as compensation.
"This settlement marks the end of two very difficult years for Dynasty," said intellectual property partner Brent Ray, the lead attorney on the Kirkland pro bono team that represented Dynasty. "He has persevered and it is great to see his positive attitude and warm spirit again. We know that Dynasty will continue to raise awareness about the serious problem of bullying in schools and look forward to seeing the great things he accomplishes."
The Kirkland team also included associates Daniel Bond, Vanessa Barsanti, Ferlillia V. Roberson, Erin Wagner, Eliza Davis and Claire Thompson.
To read the NCLR's press release, please click here.