Illinois school district grants unrestricted locker room access to transgender students

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Published: Nov. 15, 2019 at 11:08 AM CST
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A school district in Palatine, Illinois has granted transgender students unrestricted access to locker rooms based on gender identity.

The Chicago Tribune

that Palatine-based Township High School District 211’s board of education voted 5 to 2 in favor of the new policy on Thursday.

The policy states in part that students “shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity, which shall include students having access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.”

In 2017, one transgender student filed a lawsuit claiming policy discrimination against the district over locker room access.

Prior to Thursday's vote, students were told they could use the nurse’s office or private stalls to change clothes. The new policy takes effect in January.