In Palatine, Illinois, a group of students represented by a religious firm lost their case to keep transgender students out of school bathrooms. A judge denied the students’ injunction, which challenged the federal policy that says trans students must be able to use affirming bathrooms and locker rooms.
“High school students do not have a constitutional right not to share restrooms or locker rooms with transgender students whose sex assigned at birth is different than theirs,” U.S. District Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert wrote on Tuesday.
Sharing a locker room or restroom with a transgender student does not create a “severe, pervasive, or objectively offensive hostile environment,” because the school has provided alternative facilities to those who do not wish to share these areas with transgender students and installed privacy curtains in locker room changing areas, he added.
The plaintiffs, a group of five students and their parents, sued the federal government and local school district in May over the school policy, saying the decision to allow transgender students to use the locker rooms and restrooms of their choice infringed on privacy rights.
Transgender students have the right to use the same spaces that cisgender students do. Full stop. Don’t let the bathroom door hit you on the way out.
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