Schools Struggle Over Transgender Bathroom Laws
Julie Bosman and Motoko Rich, New York Times, write that schools around the country are struggling with the issue of transgenders.
While high school transgender students have been allowed to join sports teams or adopt aÂ new name, reflective of the gender they identify with, school officials have hesitated with allowing transgenders to use locker rooms and bathrooms of the opposite sex.
To deal with the locker room or bathroom challenges, school officials have allowed transgender students to use private changing rooms or showering facilities. This has prompted students, their parents and transgender advocates to call the rules discriminatory.
â€œThe Education Department on Monday gave school officials at a suburban Chicago high school 30 days to resolve a dispute with a transgender student who identifies as a girl and has sought to change and shower in the girlsâ€™ locker room without restrictions; otherwise, the school risks forfeiting Title IX funding. The confrontation was an echo of battles nationwide, where the locker room and often the restroom are the stage for a fierce fight over how extensively transgender students should be accommodated.â€
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