Parents drop lawsuit against trans-friendly bathroom policy

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SCHAUMBURG — Parents have dropped their suit over a Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 policy allowing a transgender student to use the locker room of their gender identity, the Daily Herald reported on Monday.

Earlier this month, a federal judge had dismissed parts of the lawsuit, but had allowed the rest to go forward.

The newspaper reported that the group Students and Parents for Privacy sued District 211 in 2016, after school officials reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Education that allowed a student known in documents as Student A limited access to girls locker rooms. Student A graduated in 2017. 

Alliance Defending Freedom, a right-wing legal group that has also been involved in the Masterpiece Cakeshop lawsuits, represented the parents.

“We welcome the end of this case, and hope it encourages District 211 to makes its schools more welcoming for all students, including those who are transgender,” said John Knight, LGBTQ and HIV Advocacy Director for ACLU of Illinois, said in a statement. “District 211 still has some important work to do to make it a place where transgender students are treated fairly and respectfully.”

The ACLU of Illinois has been representing Student A in the legal battles since 2016. 

Knight said that over the years of litigation, it was clear there was never harm to 

Over the course of nearly three years of litigation, one thing remained clear. There has never been any harm to cisgender students from sharing restrooms and locker rooms with transgender students. “The only harm has been to transgender students who have been targeted with fear-mongering and misinformation,” he said. He said this was an opportunity for the district to serve as a model for other school districts.  

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