The US Department of Education has found that a Chicago-area school district discriminated against a transgender girl for not allowing her access to the girl’s locker rooms.
“All students deserve the opportunity to participate equally in school programs and activities—this is a basic civil right,” Assistant US Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon said in a statement Monday.
The transgender student (who is underage so the court protects her identity), was forced to change and shower separately from her fellow teammates.
“The Department of Education’s decision makes clear that what my school did was wrong,” the student said in statement from the ACLU. “I hope no other student, anywhere, is forced to confront this indignity. It is a good day for all students, but especially those who are transgender all across the nation.”
The district, Township High School, is not pleased with the decision and released a statement defending their previous policy.
“We do not agree with (the DOE’s) decision and remain strong in our belief that the District’s course of action, including private changing stations in our locker rooms, appropriately serves the dignity and privacy of all students in our educational environment,” the district said in a statement.
The school now has 30 days to comply with the ruling. [ABC]