Education Desk: Lawsuit Targets New Transgender Policies

May 18, 2016

A lawsuit filed this month in federal court aims to reverse policies adopted in many Illinois school districts that allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their identity. Palatine School District 211 is a defendant in the case, along with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The lawsuit was filed by the Thomas More Society, a firm known for representing anti-abortion and anti-gay causes, on behalf of a group of parents and students in the Palatine district seeking an injunction to prevent a transgender girl identified as Student A from using the girls bathrooms and locker rooms at her high school.

We interviewed Jocelyn Floyd, a Thomas More associate, and Ed Yohnka, policy director with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, who helped Student A gain access to locker rooms in her school.