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School told they must give trans student access to girls’ locker room

Joe Williams November 3, 2015

The school has been given 30 days to grant the student full access to the girls’ locker room – or lose millions in funding.

The department of education ruled that Palatine High School District 211 in Chicago had violated the young girl’s rights under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 – which bans discrimination on the basis of sex.

An investigation – lasting two years – drew to a close yesterday (November 2) with the school being told that they must grant access to the girl, or lose federal funding.

“All students deserve the opportunity to participate equally in school programs and activities — this is a basic civil right,” said the department in a statement.

“Unfortunately, Township High School District 211 is not following the law because the district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls’ locker room.”

The school initially proposed a compromise, suggesting that the student could have limited access to the locker room – however, it would still have required her to change and shower in a separate area.

The student – who could not be named for legal reasons – expressed her relief and delight following the result.

“This decision makes me extremely happy – because of what it means for me, personally, and for countless others,” she said.

“The district’s policy stigmatised me, often making me feel like I was not a ‘normal person.’

“The department of education’s decision makes clear that what my school did was wrong. I hope no other student, anywhere, is forced to confront this indignity,” she added.

“It is a good day for all students, but especially those who are transgender all across the nation.”

In September, two hundred students at another school walked out over trans classmate using girls’ locker room.

The students at Hillsboro High School, Missouri, staged a two hour walk out after 17-year-old Lila Perry was granted access to the facility.

She had to stay locked in the principal’s office during the protest – apparently to protect her from her peers.

LGBT activist’s hope this ruling will change how the matter of trans rights are approached by schools going forward.

More: LGBT, Rights, school, Trans, transphobia, US

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