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Palatine school board to discuss trans locker room access next week

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PALATINE — Township High School District 211’s board will hear from the public about a policy to allow transgender students to use the locker room of their identified gender.

The school district in northwest suburban Palatine has been at the center of bathroom access for trans people for years, including lawsuits. The board started discussing last month updating their locker room policy to allow trans students open access.

Palatine Patch reported that the meeting will be on Oct. 17.

From Patch:

The proposed policy states: No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.”

Currently, transgender students are allowed to change in privacy stalls in the locker rooms meant for the gender they identify with. The new policy gives transgender students more freedoms.

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