Erica Adams Kasper
Erica Adams Kasper lives in Northeast Florida. She’s a communications professional and the mother of a trans teen son, Drew Adams. Erica got involved in activism when Drew’s high school barred him from the men’s room six weeks into his freshman year. She met with school and district administrators to provide information and education and filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights under President Obama. When the Trump administration rolled back the Department of Education’s guidance on transgender students, Erica reached out to Lambda Legal.
In 2017, Lambda Legal helped Erica and Drew sue the school district, arguing that the bathroom policy was discriminatory under both Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause. Their case went to trial in federal court in December 2017; it was the first transgender student bathroom case to have a full trial in the U.S. In July 2018, the judge issued a landmark decision in favor of Erica and Drew. The school district has since appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the case will be considered there later this year.
Erica has spent the past four years supporting Drew in his trans activism, participating in media outreach and queer events, fundraising for the local LGBTQ youth organization, and writing about her experiences. She and Drew also co-own an online temporary tattoo shop, Drew’s Tattoos, which sells LGBTQ-themed temporary tattoos that they design. Some of the tattoos raise money for organizations like the onePULSE Foundation and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.