An American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer representing a biologically male transgender student in Illinois says that his client should be allowed to shower in the girls’ locker room because “as a matter of science,” he is “a girl through and through”.
Although the Palatine-Schaumberg Township High School District 211 allows transgender students to use locker rooms of the gender they identify with, it requires them to use private shower stalls or changing areas so as not to appear naked in the company of the opposite sex.
The student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which ordered the school district to provide the transgender teen with full access to the girls’ locker room or risk the loss of federal Title IX funding, which bans sex discrimination.
In a statement, the district said that it will “continue to provide private accommodations for transgender students to ensure a respectful school environment, and will not allow unrestricted access to its locker rooms as directed by OCR. The goal of the District in this matter is to protect the privacy rights of all students when changing clothes or showering before or after physical education and after-school activities.”