Yet another bathroom panic has broken out over a transgender student using the school locker room that matches her gender identity, this time at suburban Chicago's Township High School District 211. While stories like these are popping up with more and more frequency, this one has a unique twist. Rather than requesting a private gender-neutral restroom facility she can use, the high school student at the center of this story simply wants to shower and change in the girls' locker room with the other girls. The school administration isn't forcing her to use the boys' locker room, but they do want to force her to use a private bathroom. But that's not the way the law works. According to the Washington Post:
"In a statement, the ACLU said that the district could accommodate students’ desire for privacy by allowing any student who feels uncomfortable in the locker room to use a separate room. But the district cannot, under the law, use students’ privacy as a reason to separate transgender students from their peers, the organization said."
The school probably believes it's being trans-friendly — they allow her to play on girls' teams, they allow her to use the girls' restroom (which has separate stalls), and they are providing her with a private locker room in which to change. But they aren't just offering that locker room — they are mandating that it's the one she uses. Not all trans students want gender-neutral restrooms. Some of them just want to be able to use the restrooms in which they feel comfortable, and those students shouldn't be segregated just because they're not cisgender.
According to The Washington Post:
"Daniel E. Cates, the superintendent of Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Ill., said the district is sensitive to the challenges that transgender students face and has a support team to help them navigate at school. Transgender students are allowed to use restrooms in accordance with their gender identity, because there are private stalls, he said.
But the district will continue barring transgender students from communal locker rooms before and after gym and after-school activities, he wrote in a newsletter to families, to 'ensure a respectful school environment' and 'protect the privacy of all students.'"
But there are no pictures in those books of the various ways a naked trans body can look. And there are at least six examples I can think of off the top of my head we'd need to include next to the cis boy and cis girl for that book to be remotely inclusive of trans identity. When that education is missing while you're learning about cis bodies, the gap in knowledge carries over into adulthood