By granting "unrestricted access" to a Chicago-area transgender student, a state agency has succumbed to what a family advocate calls a "trans-cultic assumption" that biological sex has no relevance when it comes to the issue of privacy.
The Human Rights Commission of Illinois has quietly ruled that students who identify as the opposite sex must be given "unrestricted access" not only to bathrooms but also to locker rooms of the opposite biological sex. Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute was only able to find this information by filing a Freedom of Information Act request.
Higgins says the decision was based on the sole complaint of a Lake High School student who pretends to be a boy and that student's parents.
"She was simply asked, or rather, required to change behind a privacy curtain [in the boys' locker room]," Higgins describes. "And since other [biological] boys don't have to do that – she identifies as a boy – she felt like she was being discriminated against based on her gender identity."
Higgins reports that a record number of parents immediately responded with outrage after she posted her story online this past weekend. But she's pessimistic conservatives and Christians will do much about it.
"We get enraged, we spew stuff to the choir, we commiserate together – and then we adapt to that new level of outrage and then we move on," she tells OneNewsNow.
The family advocate is concerned that "unrestricted access" must mean transgender students will not only be able to undress in front of members of the opposite biological sex, but shower with them as well.