State human rights commission restates Illinois law protects trans students

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Human Rights Commission has restated that state law protects transgender students in schools.

The commission made the announcement in relation to a complaint from a trans student in Komarek School District 94 in North Riverside. He was denied use of the restroom of his gender identity. He is being referred to as P.S. to protect his identity.

The commission has ordered the district to allow P.S. access to the boys’ restroom and to pay a settlement for discrimination.

“The Commission’s ruling means so much to our son and to our entire family – who love him very much,” said the parents of P.S. in a statement released through the ACLU of Illinois. “Requiring that our son be treated like every other boy in his class is extremely important for him, but also for so many other young people who have faced similar problems at school.”

In July, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order requiring schools to support transgender students.

The ACLU of Illinois said that the commission this past July found substantial evidence that Lake Park Community District 108 in Roselle had violated the rights of a transgender student when they denied him full and equal use of the school’s locker room.

Township High School District 211’s board will discuss updating their policy to allow transgender students to use the locker room of their gender identity this week.

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