Dept. Of Education Orders High School To Allow Trans Student To Use Girls’ Locker Room

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found yesterday that a high school in Chicago’s northwest suburbs must allow a trans student to use the girls’ locker room along with her fellow students.

Township High School District 211 had provided proper accommodations for the student’s gender identity, registering her as a girl and having her play on girls’ sports teams – up until the locker room became an issue. It had set up a separate stall for her to use and required her to shower and dress separately from other students, which the government decided subjected the student to stigma.

The school district called the government’s ruling a “serious overreach.” Superintendent David Cates said in a statement that “what we offer is reasonable and honors every student’s dignity.” The implication is that other students are denied their dignity by being asked to accept the physical realities that their trans classmates live with every day, which, in turn, wouldn’t dignify the trans student – hence the government’s ruling.

But the student is, of course, very pleased with the decision. “This decision makes me extremely happy – because of what it means for me, personally, and for countless others,” she said.

[Huffington Post]

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