How 63 Girls are Fighting for their Right to Privacy after District Opens Their Locker Rooms to Male Student

source: http://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2016/05/04/how-63-girls-are-fighting-for-their-right-to-privacy-after-district-opens-their-locker-rooms-to-male-student


By Marissa Poulson Posted on: | May 04, 2016

I remember middle school and high school locker room discomfort as if it were yesterday. Changing into different clothes for PE and weight training classes, as well as for after-school sports, or quickly rinsing off in the shower when we were especially active, was always awkward and done as quickly as possible. Your body goes through a lot of changes during those glorious school years as you slowly make the natural transition to womanhood. Needless to say, these changes can be rather unpleasant at times.  

Now imagine a bunch of vulnerable—many insecure—girls being told by their school district that a biological male student doesn't feel comfortable in the boy's locker room, and because of that, they are going to allow him to use the girl's locker room instead, as he prefers.

Ladies, if it were you, would you be okay with that? Parents, would you be okay if your daughter was told that at school?

While you mull over that scenario, allow me to introduce you to the girls of District 211 in Chicago.

These girls are experiencing the circumstance that I just described. But instead of sitting back and being steamrolled by the U.S. Department of Education, and the hyperbolic and ruthless LGBT lobby, these girls are standing up for their rights.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit today, Students and Parents for Privacy v. United States Department of Education, on behalf of 51 Palatine-area families against the US Department of Education and Township High School District 211. The lawsuit targets U.S. Department of Education rules that unlawfully redefine terms of Title IX and illegitimately force schools to open public school restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex in violation of student privacy and safety.

“No government agency can unilaterally redefine the meaning of a federal law to serve its own political ends,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp. “The Department of Education is exceeding what it is legally and constitutionally allowed to do. In fact, at least five other federal and state courts have rejected the DOE’s interpretation of Title IX.”

The sad truth is that with each passing day, the U.S. Department of Education grows more aggressive in enforcing its view that boys should be allowed in girls’ restrooms, showers, and locker rooms.

District 211 originally opened up only student restrooms to members of the opposite sex (a blatant privacy violation in and of itself), but decided to keep locker rooms private. Alternatively, it provided a private accommodation for the male student who was uncomfortable using the boys' locker room. But even this wasn't good enough for the Department of Education, which threatened the district with charges of discrimination, saying it would revoke the school's Title IX funding, which would be a $6 million loss, if it didn't allow the male student into the girl's locker room.

And voila! Another bad policy was born

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