I was at my school and I used the bathroom of my choice (the men's) and I was physically assaulted by another student. I told the principal and he told me to talk to the counselor but the counselor didn't do anything. That was back in February and it's now June. I don't know what I was supposed to do but obviously no authority figure at the school was willing to help. What am I supposed to do now? Should I forget it?
Don’t forget it. Seek help. When I experienced a transgender harassment situation in my grad school housing at Cornell, I reached out to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, who referred me to a local lawyer that took my case pro bono and was able to help me negotiate a settlement and, more importantly, give me emotional closure. It sounds like you might be in high school so the first people you should talk to are your parents. If you don’t think that’s a good avenue for you, I would try to call TLDEF anyway and see if they can find ways to help you as a minor.
I am so sorry to hear this happened to you, I would work with advocates and allies in your school to ensure policies exist that allow you to safely use a bathroom of your choosing. Know that there are organizations and people all over the country who will stand with you and fight for your rights. I would suggest contacting organizations like the ACLU or the Transgender Law Center.
Often times, school officials have no idea how to handle these types of situations or they simply don’t care to resolve them. I would bypass the school and go directly to the authorities, if you feel comfortable doing so. Although you aren’t obligated to anything you don’t want to, it could potentially help another trans person who could be targeted by the same student. Also, you deserve justice for the ordeal that you went through. Transgender people are valid and shouldn’t be stripped of their humanity without any type of repercussions for the offender. Organizations like the Transgender Law Center and the ACLU may be able to offer you reduced or free trans-friendly legal assistance to navigate this situation, in case your school or local law enforcement officials don’t cooperate. I would also consider telling a trusted friend or family member because it may help you to unpack your feelings around the trauma.