Federal Judge Says Lawsuit Can Proceed Against Illinois School District That Allowed Transgender Students to Use Girls’ Facilities

After a three-year legal battle, a federal judge for the Northern District of Illinois has ruled a lawsuit can proceed against an Illinois school district that said it was OK for high school transgender students to use girls’ locker rooms, restrooms, and showers.

But the court’s decision wasn’t all good news for the families who are fighting to protect their children’s safety and privacy. The College Fix reports the judge also took a swipe at individual privacy rights, ruling the girls have no right to “visual bodily privacy” if the government says so.

As CBN News reported, dozens of families joined in the lawsuit against Chicago-area Township High School District 211 back in 2016 because of the district’s policy of letting children as young as 14 choose to use the locker rooms of the opposite sex without informing parents.

The district opened the girls’ locker room to a boy after the Obama administration’s Department of Education threatened the district’s federal funding.

Under the Trump administration, the agency rescinded the Obama administration’s attempt to rewrite federal law and restored the understanding that, under Title IX, “sex” means male or female and not one’s beliefs about their gender.

The 1972 federal law prohibits schools from discriminating “on the basis of sex,” which for more than 40 years has meant being male or female. Title IX’s existing regulations specifically state that a school receiving federal funds can “provide separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex” without putting that funding at risk.

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Source: CBN